Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
© Adrian Hoskins
Almost all neotropical Theclinae species are placed in the Eumaeini.
The tribe is not particularly well represented in collections, so
until fairly recently a high percentage 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 discovered.
are 17 Cyanophrys species, found
variously from Mexico to Paraguay. All have metallic green
undersides, marked with a row of white dots on the hindwing. All
species possess a filamentous tail, but this is usually lost on
examples that have been flying for more than a couple of days.
Cyanophrys herodotus is the commonest
and most widespread member of the genus, being found from Mexico to
Paraguay and Argentina.
This species is found in open disturbed areas of tropical and
subtropical rainforest and cloudforest, at altitudes from about 600m
to at least 2000m.
To be completed.
probably spend most of their time perching on bushes, where their
green colouration would afford them excellent camouflage. They are
most often seen however when imbibing moisture from rocks, boulders or
damp sand. Although this is a sun-loving species, I have also
encountered it on overcast days, at which times it is surprisingly