Butterflies of Cuba
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Guaos, nr Cienfuegos, Cuba
names can be very confusing - a quick web-search revealed that this
attractive species is known by a number of different names including
Hairstreak, Columella Scrub Hairstreak, Modest Hairstreak,
Hewitson's Hairstreak and Dotted Hairstreak, so we can be thankful
for scientific names, although even these tend to change quite
frequently as new information about the relationships between taxa
is discovered !
Smith, Miller &
Miller note that this species seems to benefit from land
disturbance, being "most frequently seen in fields, along roadsides,
and in places where weeds are taking over tracts of cleared land".
It is seldom seen in woodland or forest. Hernandez describes the
butterfly as being associated with grassy areas.
foodplants, both in Cuba and North America are herbaceous Malvaceae
species including Abutilon,
Sida and Hibiscus.
To be completed.