Mexico, USA & Canada
BUTLER & DRUCE, 1872
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 17 known Ostrinotes species.
Many have only recently been discovered, and only 9 have so far been
given scientific names. The most widespread are
halciones, both of which are distributed across most of the
The males of all Ostrinotes species are
chocolate brown on the upperside, with a brilliant royal blue sheen
across the hindwings and lower half of the forewings. In females the
blue areas are a paler sky blue. The undersides of all species are
greyish or pale brown, marked with a broken hair streak line similar
in contour to that of halciones.
is found in Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia,
Ecuador, Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.
This species inhabits rainforest and humid deciduous forest at
altitudes between about 100-1000m.
To be completed.
adults are more easily observed than those of many other hairstreaks
due to their larger size. They are usually encountered as singletons,
settled on the foliage of bushes or saplings in forest-edge habitats.