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Leptotes marina
Marine Blue, Leptotes marina.jpg
Marine Blue, Leptotes marina (Underside).jpg
Scientific classification
Genus:
Leptotes
Species:
marina
Synonyms
  • Lycaena marina
  • Leptotes burdicki

Leptotes marina, the marine blue or striped blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in North America and Central America.

Description

The wingspan is 22–29 mm. Adults are on wing from April to September in the north and all year round in south.

Ecology

The larva feed on Astragalus, Amorpha californica, Acacia greggii, Dalea purpurea, Dolichos lablab, Galactia, Glycyrrhiza lepidota, Prosopis glandulosa, Lysiloma thornberi, Lathyrus odoratus, Medicago sativa, Lotus scoparius dendroides, Phaseolus, Wisteria sinensis and Plumbago.

Larvae are also associated with introduced Iridomyrmex humilis (Argentine ants).

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