And hairstreaks

I lie males and females are differently colored in many of these small, slender-bodied butterflies. The upper wings of males can be iridescent blue, coppery, or purplish but some arc brown or orange. The undersides of both sexes are dull, with small, dark-centered spots.

• i jit. CYCLK Eggs are laid on host plants. The caterpillars feed on plants or on aphids, coccids, and other small insects. The larvae of many species secrete a special fluid that is eaten by ants. In return, the ants guard them from enemies and allow them to cat the ants' larvae. Pupation occurs on the host plant, in debris, or underground.

• ()( :< :i JRRENCE Worldwide, especially in warmer regions. In association with ants' nests or with host plants.

( Caterpillars are sluglike, with a squat, tapering shape, and are green or brown. ,mgs of male are » vivid violet-blue man v •

A THECtA CO RON ATA, the I lewitson's Blue I lairstreak, is found in tropical regions of South America. This is one of the largest and most brilliantly colored members of the family.

black markings orange edging to hindwings

• white scales on body resemble hairs

A l*OI.) OMMA Tl IS /CAR I IS, known as the (Common Blue, is one of the most widespread European natives.

ALYCAENA EIHAEAS, the Small Copper, is a colorful and very common little butterfly, found across the Northern I lemisphere.

• white scales on body resemble hairs highly distinctive orange markings on forewings of female short, dark-edged tails

white streaks on wings

Till.CI A BETIJIAE, the Brown I lairstreak Butterfly, is a woodland species found in Europe and temperate regions of Asia.

white streaks on wings

Till.CI A BETIJIAE, the Brown I lairstreak Butterfly, is a woodland species found in Europe and temperate regions of Asia.

highly distinctive orange markings on forewings of female short, dark-edged tails

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