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Part 3 of a List
with some Photos
Hairstreaks, Blues, Metalmarks
Noting those during
Focus On Nature Tours
in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama
with tours in the months of: January, February, March, April, July, December
Third Part of a List of Central America Butterflies in 5 Parts,
compiled by Armas Hill
Here, in Part #3:
Lycaenidae, a Copper, Hairstreaks and Blues
and Riodinidae, the Metalmarks
Among the Butterfly groupings in this list, links to:
Copper: subfamily Lycaeninae Hairstreaks: subfamily Theclinae
Blues: subfamily Polyommatinae
subfamilies Euselasiinae & Riodinidae
Links to other Central America Lepidoptera groupings:
Part #1 - Swallowtails (Papilionidae) Part #2 - Whites, Yellows, Sulphurs, Marbles (Pieridae)
Part #4 - Brushfoots (Nymphalidae) Part #5 - Skippers (Hesperiidae) Moths
Codes relating to illustrations in various books:
Numbers noted as (BAPG:xx) refer to pages in "Butterflies of Arizona - A Photographic Guide", by Bob Stewart, Priscilla Brodkin, & Hank Brodkin (with fine photographs).
Numbers noted as (BMCR:xx) refer to plates in "Butterflies and Moths of Costa Rica" by Isidro Chacon & Jose Montero
Numbers noted as (C:xx) refer to pages in "A World of Butterflies", with text by Brian Cassie, and photographs (superb) by Kjell Sandved
Numbers noted as (D1:xx) refer to plates in "The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History (Volume 1): Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae", by Philip J. DeVries
Numbers noted as (D2:xx) refer to plates in "The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History (Volume 2): Riodinidae", by Philip J. DeVries
Numbers noted as (F:xx) refer to pages in "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Butterflies", by Dr. John Feltwell
Numbers noted as (K:xx) refer to pages in the "Kaufman Focus Guide to Butterflies of North America", by Jim Brock & Kenn Kaufman
Numbers noted as (MCA:xx) refer to pages in "A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico & Central America" by Jeffrey Glassberg
Numbers noted as (PE:xx) refer to plates in the "Peterson Field Guides to Eastern Butterflies", by Paul Opler & Vichai Malikul, 1998 edition. Those noted as (PEp:xx) refer to a page with a photograph.
Numbers noted as (PW:xx) refer to plates in the "Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies", by Paul Opler & illustrated by Amy Bartlett Wright, 1999 edition. Those noted as (PWp:xx) refer to a page with a photograph.
Numbers noted as (RG:xx) refer to plates in "Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley", by Roland Wauer.
Numbers noted as (S:xx) refer to pages in the "Smithsonian Handbook, Butterflies & Moths", by David Carter.
BZ: in Belize
CR: in Costa Rica
GU: in Guatemala
HN: in Honduras pb: at Pico Bonito Lodge in the Caribbean lowlands
PN: in Panama sl: at Sierra Llorona, in hills on the Caribbean side of Panama
BUTTERFLIES OBSERVED DURING FONT TOURS NOTED BY AN (*) AFTER THE 2-LETTER COUNTRY CODE.
Itineraries for upcoming FONT Birding & Nature Tours in:
Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, & Panama
Lists of Birds in: Belize Costa Rica Guatemala Honduras Panama
A List & Photo Gallery of Birds in Central America, in 4 Parts
A List of Mammals in Central America (with some photos)
Other Lists & Photo Galleries of Butterflies & Moths Elsewhere
Alphabetical Directory of Butterflies by Genus with Photos in the FONT Website
Directory of Photos in this Website
List of Central American Butterflies, Part #3:
Family LYCAENIDAE (GOSSAMER WINGS), including: HAIRSTREAKS, BLUES
Throughout the world, but mostly in tropical and subtropical regions. The sexes often differ in coloration and the undersides usually differ from the upper surfaces.
Among several distinct groups are the HAIRSTREAKS, with tails and bright eyespot markings on the hindwings, creating a "false head" at the rear, to divert attackers.
Thus far, worldwide, about 5,000 species in this family have been discovered and named. Caterpillars of many of these species are closely associated with ants.
Subfamily LYCAENINAE: COPPERS