Overview

Brief Summary

North American Ecology (US and Canada)

Lasaia sula is a year-round resident in the United States in s. Texas only (Scott 1986), and ranges outh to Honduras. Habitats are subtropical. Eggs are strangely shaped, like two stacked pies. There are multiple flights, April1-Nov.30 at least (Scott 1986).
  • Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press.
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Distribution

occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations

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National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Unknown

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Global Range: (>2,500,000 square km (greater than 1,000,000 square miles)) Extreme southern Texas, in the area of Brownsville and Pharr south to Honduras.

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Ecology

Habitat

Comments: "Open subtropical woods, edges" (Opler, 1999).

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Migration

Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.

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Population Biology

Number of Occurrences

Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.

Estimated Number of Occurrences: 81 to >300

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Global Abundance

10,000 to >1,000,000 individuals

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Lasaia sula

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 2 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

AACTTTATATTTTATTTTTGGAATTTGAGCAGGAATAGTAGGTACATCATTAAGTTTATTAATTCGTATAGAATTAGGTATACCTGGATCATTAATTGGCGATGATCAAATTTATAATACTATTGTTACAGCTCATGCTTTTATTATAATTTTTTTTATAGTTATACCCATTATAATTGGAGGATTTGGTAATTGATTAGTACCTTTAATATTAGGAGCTCCTGATATAGCATTTCCACGAATAAATAATATAAGATTTTGACTTTTACCCCCATCTTTATTTCTATTAATTTCAAGAAGTATTGTAGAAAATGGAGCAGGAACTGGTTGAACAGTTTATCCCCCTTTATCTTCTAATATTGCCCATGGAGGATCCTCAGTAGATTTAGCTATTTTCTCTCTTCATTTAGCAGGAATTTCTTCAATTTTAGGAGCCATTAATTTTATTACAACTATTATTAATATACGAATTAATAATTTATCTTTTGATCAAATACCATTATTCGTATGATCCGTTGGTATTACTGCTTTATTATTATTATTATCATTACCTGTTTTAGCGGGAGCTATTACTATATTATTAACTGATCGTAATTTAAATACATCTTTTTTTGATCCAGCAGGAGGAGGTGATCCAATTTTATATCAACATTTATTT
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Lasaia sula

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NU - Unrankable

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

Reasons: Fairly widespread.

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Threats

Degree of Threat: D : Unthreatened throughout its range, communities may be threatened in minor portions of the range or degree of variation falls within natural variation

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Management

Global Protection: Unknown whether any occurrences are appropriately protected and managed

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Wikipedia

Lasaia sula

Lasaia sula, commonly known as the Blue Metalmark,[2] is a species of butterfly in the family Riodinidae that is native to North America. It ranges from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States south to Honduras and inhabits subtropical forests, forest edges, and agricultural areas.

ventral view

The top of the wings is metallic blue while the undersides are checkerspotted and grayish-brown. The wingspan is 2.2 to 3.2 cm (0.87 to 1.26 in). Caterpillars feed on Albizia species.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lasaia sula Staudinger 1888 - EOL". Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Species Lasaia sula - Blue Metalmark -BugGuide". Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Blue Metalmark Lasaia sula Staudinger, 1888". Butterflies and Moths of North America. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
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Names and Taxonomy

Taxonomy

Comments: Frequently confused with other species in its genus.

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