Butterflies of Cuba
Family - LYCAENIDAE
are only about 120 members of the cosmopolitan subfamily Polyommatinae found in the
neotropical region, a small number compared to the 1060 members of the
Theclinae, which are the dominant group of Lycaenids in South America. Most of
the Polyommatinae are confined to the temperate grasslands of the high Andes,
although a few species occur at much lower altitudes.
Hemiargus comprises of 6 species. The commonest
most widespread species is hanno, which is found
across most of the neotropical region.
This species is found in disturbed dry grassy habitats at altitudes between 0-1500m. It is most often seen on scrubby grassland, but can also be
found along roadsides or in forest clearings.
To be completed.
Blues are active only in hot sunshine, at which time large
numbers can be found flying in open dry grassy areas.
© Peter Bruce-Jones