Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Almost all neotropical and North American Theclinae species are
placed in the Eumaeini.
The tribe is not especially well represented in collections, so for
a long time many remained unstudied and were inappropriately filed
away in the 'convenience' genus Thecla.
Many taxonomists have attempted to rationalise the systematics of
the Eumaeini, the most recent being Robbins who published a revision
in 2004, reclassifying the taxa into 83 genera. Currently there are
1058 known species. Taking into account their small size, secretive
behaviour, and the great similarities between many species, it is
estimated that about another 200 species probably remain to be
species, all of which are confined to the neotropical region. In
most species the underside ground colour is white, marked with a
zebra pattern of black stripes radiating from the tornus of the
hindwing and terminating at points along the forewing costa. In
jada the pattern is similar, but the
colours are very muted. The upperside of jada
is metallic sky blue, except for the apical area which is blackish
Arawacus jada is found in Mexico,
Guatemala and Nicaragua, but is also recorded as a rare stray in
This species occurs in open deciduous woodland, scrub, and along
roadsides, at altitudes between about 200-1800m.
The larva when fully grown is plump, pale green in colour, and
covered with short whitish hairs. It feeds on
Solanum erianthum and S. umbellatum
( Solanaceae ).
Both sexes nectar at the flowers of
various bushes and herbaceous plants.