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Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada
Druce's Pearly Hairstreak
Ostrinotes halciones  BUTLER & DRUCE, 1872
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
Ostrinotes halciones Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
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 empusa and halciones, both of which are distributed across most of the neotropical region.
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.
Ostrinotes halciones is found in Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.
Habitats
This species inhabits rainforest and humid deciduous forest at altitudes between about 100-1000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The 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.

 

 

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