Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - LYCAENIDAE
There 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
The exact number of Hemiargus species
is uncertain due to differing opinions about the taxonomic rank of
various races of hanno. Lamas only
recognises 2 Hemiargus species i.e.
hanno and ramon;
and lists ceraunus,
hanno, astenidas and
bogotana as subspecies of
hanno. The latest research seems to
indicate however that there are at least 6 species i.e.
and another currently unnamed species from Peru.
The range of Hemiargus ceraunus is
believed to encompass Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Cuba,
Jamaica, Hispaniola and the Bahamas. In Central America it is
replaced by huntingtoni which is
distributed from Colombia to the Yucatan peninsula, and also occurs
This species is found in disturbed dry grassy habitats at altitudes
between 0-1000m. 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