Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - LYCAENIDAE
The genus Brephidium comprises of two
species - pseudofea and
exilis. They are very similar in
appearance, but the markings on the undersides differ slightly.
Additionally, males of exilis usually
exhibit a slight violet-blue iridescence extending across the basal
area of the upperside, which is lacking in
in California, Arizona, Yucatan, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, the
Bahamas and the Cayman Islands; whereas
pseudofea is found only in Florida and South Carolina.
This species is found in scrubby grassland and semi-desert habitats
at altitudes between 0-500m.
The pale green eggs
are laid singly on the upperside of leaves of
Salsola ( Amaranthaceae ) and on
Sesuvium and Trianthema (
Azioaceae ). The caterpillar is pale green and rough-textured,
matching the stems and leaves of the foodplants. It is attended by
ants which milk it for sugary secretions.
Western Pygmy Blues
are active only in hot sunshine, at which time they will nectar
avidly at any available flower.