LYCAENIDAE

of Central America

The Hairstreaks and Blues are an extraordinary group in the tropics and Central America. For the Hairstreaks mainly. Blues are limited and most occur from northward. All the Blues also occur in the US. Sometimes the Hairstreaks are very localized, so fewer extended range species occur. Some of these are simply stunning butterflies. Many are poorly defined by range or limited to certain altitudes, slopes or specific mountains. Many may fly only high in the canopy most of their lives. And flight seasons may be brief. This list focuses on Belize and Costa Rica, but species now added that are in Panama as well. Common names are from Glassberg.



Subfamily THECLINAE

Arawacus

          aetolus (Sulzer, 1776) PA (Common Stripestreak) PA

          hypocrita (Schaus, 1913) CR

          jada (Hewitson, [1867]) (Creamy Stripestreak) BZ

          leucogyna (C & R Felder, 1865) (Interrupted Stripestreak) BZ CR PA

          phaea (Godman & Salvin, 1887) CR

          sito (Boisduval, 1836) (Fine-lined Stripestreak) BZ PA

          togarna togarna (Hewitson, 1867) (Chiapan Stripestreak) BZ PA

 

Arcas

          cypria (Geyer, [1837]) (Wavy-lined Sunstreak) BZ PA

          delphia (Nicolay, 1971) CR

          imperialis (Cramer, [1775]) CR PA

  

Atlides

          bacis (Godman & Salvin 1887) (Pale-rayed Greatstreak) BZ PA

          carpasia (Hewitson 1868) (White-spotted Greatstreak) BZ

          halesus (Cramer, [1777]) (Great Purple Hairsteak) CR

          neora (Hewitson, 1867) CR

          polybe (Johansson, 1763) (Black-veined Hairstreak) BZ

          rustan (Stoll 1790) (Rusty Greatstreak) BZ

 

Aubergina

          hesychia (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) CR

          paetus (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) PA

 

Brangus

          getus (Fabricius, 1787) CR

          neora (Neora Hairstreak) BZ

 

Brevianta

          busa (Godman & Salvin 1887) (Frosted Hairstreak) CR BZ

          hyas (Godman & Salvin 1887) (Grizzled Hairstreak) CR

          tolmides (C. & R. Felder, 1865) CR BZ

 

Calycopis

          beon (Stoll, 1780) CR

          calus (Godart [1824]) (Violet-tinted Groundstreak) CR

          cerata (Hewitson, 1877) PA

          clarina (Hewitson, 1874) (White-striped Groundstreak) BZ CR PA

          demonassa (Hewitson, 1868) (Rusty-banded Groundstreak) BZ CR

          drusilla Field, 1967 CR

          isobeon (Butler and Druce, 1872) (Dusky-blue Groundstreak) BZ CR PA

          mimas (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) PA

          orcillula (Strand, 1916) CR

          origo (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) (Susanna’s Groundstreak) BZ

          pisis (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) (Pisis Groundstreak) BZ CR PA

          sullivani Robbins & Duarte, 2005 PA

          tamos (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) CR PA

          trebula (Hewitson, 1868) (Ochre Groundstreak) CR

 

Camissecla

          charichloris (Butler & Druce, 1872) CR

          melma (Schaus, 1913) CR

          vespasianus (Butler & Druce, 1872) (Vesper Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Celmia

          celmus (Cramer, [1775]) (Chutes-and-ladders Hairstreak) BZ

          conoveria (Schaus, 1902) BZ

 

Chalybs

          hassan (Stoll, [1790]) CR BZ

          janias (Cramer, [1779]) (Cramer’s Emeraldstreak) CR BZ

 

Chlorostrymon

          simaethis (Drury, [1773]) (Silver-banded Hairstreak) CR BZ

          telea (Hewitson, 1868) (Telea Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Contrafacia

          ahola (Hewitson, 1867) (Hash-mark Hairstreak) BZ

          imma (Prittwitz, 1865) (Prittwitz’s Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Cyanophrys

          agricolor (Butler & Druce, 1872) (Variegated Greenstreak) CR BZ

          amyntor (Cramer, 1775) (Cramer’s Greeenstreak) CR BZ

          fusius (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Brown Greenstreak) CR BZ

          goodsoni (Clench, 1946) (Goodson’s Greenstreak) CR BZ

          herodotus (Fabricius, 1793) (Tropical Greenstreak) BZ

          longula (Hewitson, 1868) (Brown-spotted Greenstreak) CR BZ

          miserabilis (Clench, 1946) (Clench’s Groundstreak) BZ

 

Dicya

          carnica (Hewitson, [1873]) (Tear-spotted Hairstreak) CR

          iambe (Godman & Salvin, 1887) CR

          lollia (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Lolling Hairstreak) CR

 

Electrostrymon

          endymion (Fabricius, 1775) (Endymion Hairstreak) CR

          mathewi (Hewitson, 1874) BZ

          joya (Dognin 1895) (Muted Hairstreak) BZ

          sangala (Hewitson, 1868) (Ruddy Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Enos

          thara (Hewitson, 1867) (Thara Hairstreak) CR

 

Erora

          aura (Shimmering Dreamstreak) CR

          carla (Schaus 1902) (Black-edged Dreamstreak) BZ CR

          gabina (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) (Salvin’s Dreamstreak) BZ

          laeta (Edwards, 1862) (Early Hairstreak) CR BZ

          lampetia (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) CR

          muridosca (Dyer 1918) (Sandman’s Dreamstreak) BZ

          opisena (Druce 1912) (Druce’s Dreamstreak) BZ

          subflorens (Schaus 1913) (Sweet Dreamstreak) CR BZ

 

Eumaeus

          godartii (Boisduval, 1870) CR

          toxea (Godart, [1824]) (Mexican Cycadean) BZ PA

 

Evenus

          batesi (Hewitson 1865) (Bates’ Emeraldstreak) CR

          coronata (Hewitson 1865) (Magnificent Greatstreak) CR

          regalis (Cramer, [1775]) (Regal Greatstreak) BZ PA

 

Gargina

          gargophia (Hewitson 1877) (Gargoyle Hairstreak) BZ

          gnosia (Hewitson 1868) (Gnomic Hairstreak) BZ

          thoria (Hewitson 1869) (Marginal Hairstreak) BZ

 

Janthecla

          cydonia (Druce, 1890) CR

          janthina (Hewitson, 1867) (Brillant Janstreak) CR

          janthodonia (Dyer, 1918) BZ

          rocena (Hewitson, 1867) (Red-spotted Janstreak) CR

 

Lamasina

draudti (Lathy, 1926) (Shimmering Greatstreak) CR

 

Lamprospilus

          arza (Hewitson, 1874) (Cream-banded Groundstreak) BZ

          coelicolor (Butler & Druce, 1872) CR

          collucia (Hewitson, 1877) (Patchy Groundstreak) CR BZ

          orcidia (Hewitson, 1874) CR BZ

          paralus (Godman & Salvin, 1887) CR BZ

          sethon (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Large Groundstreak) CR BZ

 

Laothus

          barajo (Reakirt, 1867) (Smoky Elstreak) CR 

          oceia (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Long-dash Elstreak) CR

 

Megathecla

          cupentus (Stoll, 1781) (Cupent Hairstreak) CR

 

Micandra

          cyda (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Guatemalan Highstreak) CR

 

Michaelus

          hecate (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Blotchy Hairstreak) BZ

          ira (Hewitson, 1867) (Shadowed Hairstreak) BZ

          jebus (Godart, 1824) (Variegated Hairstreak) BZ

          phoenissa (Hewitson 1867) (Two-banded Hairstreak) BZ

          thordesa (Hewitson, 1867) (Milky-way Hairstreak) BZ

 

Ministrymon

          azia (Hewitson, 1873) (Gray Ministreak) BZ

          coronta (Hewitson, 1874) (Great Ministreak) BZ

          clytie (Edwards, 1877) (Clytie Ministreak) CR BZ

          inoa (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Mexican Ministreak) BZ

          phrutus (Geyer, 1832) (Red-flocked Ministreak) BZ

          una (Hewitson, 1873) (Pale Ministreak) CR BZ

          zilda (Hewitson, 1873) (Two-spotted Ministreak) CR BZ

 

Ocaria

          ocrisia (Hewitson, 1868) (Black Hairstreak) BZ

          thales (Fabricius, 1793) (Jet Blackstreak) CR

 

Oenomaus (Several undescribed species knonw)

          atena (Hewitson, 1867) BZ

          ortygnus (Cramer, [1779]) (Aquamarine Hairstreak) BZ PA

 

Ostrinotes

          halciones (Butler and Druce, 1872) (Halcyon Hairstreak) BZ

          keila (Hewitson, 1869) (Pungent Hairstreak) BZ

 

Paiwarria

          umbratus (Geyer 1837) (Thick-tailed Hairstreak) CR BZ

          telemus (Cramer, 1775) CR

 

Panthiades

          bathildis (C. & R. Fleder, 1865) (Zebra Cross-streak) BZ PA

          bitias (Cramer, 1777) (Intense-blue Stripestreak) BZ

          ochus (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Hatched Cross-streak) CR

          phaleros (Linnaeus, 1767) (Black-barred Cross-streak) CR

 

Parrhasius

          m-album (Boisduval & Leconte, [1833]) (White-M Hairstreak) CR

          orgia (Hewitson, 1867) (Turquiose-M Hairstreak) CR BZ

          polibetes (Stoll, [1781]) (Broken-M Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Pseudolycaena

          damo (Druce, 1875) (Damo Hairstreak) BZ

          marsyas (Linnaeus, 1758) (Marsyas Hairstreak) CR

 

Rekoa

          marius (Cramer, [1779]) (Marius Hairstreak) BZ

          meton (Cramer, [1779]) (Tiger-eye Hairstreak) BZ PA

          palegon (Cramer, 1780) (Gold-bordered Hairstreak) BZ PA

          stagira (Hewitson, 1867) (Smudged Hairstreak) CR BZ

          zebina (Hewitson, 1869) (Zebina Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Semonina

          ares (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) BZ

          semones (Godman & Salvin, [1887]) (Mexican Dreamstreak) BZ

 

Siderus

          guapila (Schaus, 1913) BZ

          philinna (Hewitson, 1868) (Bold-spotted Hairstreak) CR

 

Strephonota

          azurinus (Butler & Druce, 1872) BZ

          tephraeus (Geyer, [1837]) (Pearly-grey Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Strymon

          albata (C. & R. Fleder, 1865) (White Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          bazochii (Godart, [1824]) (Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak) BZ

          bebrycia (Hewitson, 1868) (Red-lined Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          cestri (Reakirt, [1867]) (Tailless Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          istapa (Reakirt, [1867]) (Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          megarus (Godart, 1824) (Confusing Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          melinus Hübner, 1818 (Gray Hairstreak) CR BZ

          mulucha (Hewitson, 1867) (Mottled Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          rufofusca (Hewitson, 1877) (Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          serapio (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Bromeliad Scrub-Hairstreak) CR BZ

          yojoa (Reakirt, [1867]) (Yojoa Scrub-Hairstreak) BZ

          ziba (Hewitson, 1868) (Red-spotted Scrub-Hairstreak) BZ

 

Theclopsis

          leos (Schaus, 1913) CR

          mycon (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (Burnt-chocolate Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Theorema

          eumenia (Hewitson, [1865]) (Pale-tipped Cycadian) CR

 

Thereus

          cythonias (Godart, 1824) (Double-barred Hairstreak) BZ

          lausus (Cramer, [1779]) (Café-au-lait Hairstreak) BZ

          oppia (Godman and Salvin, 1887) (Oppia Hairstreak) BZ

          ortalus (Godman and Salvin, 1887) (Kissing Hairstreak) BZ

 

Theritas

          augustinula (Goodson, 1845) (Blue-spotted Greatstreak) CR

          augustula (Kirby. 1877) BZ CR PA

          hemon (Cramer, 1775) (Pale-clubbed Greatstreak) CR PA

          lisus (Stoll, 1790) (Common Greatstreak) CR PA

          mavors (Hübner, 1818) (Sleepy Greatstreak) CR PA

          paupera (C. & R. Felder, 1865) PA

          theocritus (Fabricius 1793) (Pearly Greatstreak) BZ CR PA

          triquetra (Hewitson, 1865) PA

 

Tmolus

          crolinus (Butler & Druce, 1872) (Butler’s Midistreak) CR

          cydrara (Hewitson, 1868) (Saddled Midistreak) BZ

          echion (Linnaeus, 1767) (Red-spotted Hairstreak) CR BZ

 

Ziegleria

          ceromia (Hewitson, 1877) (Brown Groundstreak) BZ

          denarius (Butler & Druce, 1872) (Coppery Groundstreak) CR BZ

          guzanta (Schaus, 1902) (Orange-crescent Ground-Streak) BZ

          hesperitis (Butler & Druce, 1872) (Common Groundstreak) CR BZ

          syllis (Godman and Salvin, [1887]) (Confused Groundstreak) CR BZ

 

Subfamily Polyommatinae

 

Brephidium

          exilis (Boisduval, 1852) (Western Pygmy Blue) BZ

 

Cupido

          comyntas (Godart, [1824]) (Eastern Tailed Blue) BZ CR PA

 

Echinargus

          isola (Reakirt, [1867]) (Reakirt’s Blue) CR

 

Hemiargus

          ceraunus (Fabricius, 1793) (Ceraunus Blue) CR BZ

 

Leptotes

          cassius (Cramer, [1775]) (Cassius Blue) BZ PA

          marina (Reakirt, 1868) (Marine Blue) BZ

 

Zizula

          cyna (Edwards, 1881) (Cyna Blue) BZ