Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Onolulo, Tingo Maria, Peru ©
About 120 members of the cosmopolitan subfamily Polyommatinae occur
in the neotropical region. Most are confined to the temperate
grasslands of the high Andes, although a few species occur at much
The genus Zizula comprises of a single
species - cyna, a tiny, beautiful
butterfly which is known to be found from Texas to Bolivia, and
probably also occurs in Chile and Paraguay.
This species is found in disturbed grassy habitats throughout
tropical and subtropical areas of central and South America, at
altitudes between sea level and about 2000m. It is most often seen
on scrubby grassland, but can also be found along roadsides or
regenerating grassy clearings in secondary rainforest or disturbed
To be completed.
Blues are active only in hot sunshine, at which time small numbers can
be found flying in sheltered grassy areas. In overcast or hazy
conditions they roost in a head-downward posture, on flowerheads, or
on the stems of herbaceous or woody plants.
cyna, Tingo Maria,