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Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly (Cupido comyntas)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly.


 Updated: 3/2/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly  
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The charming Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly is a small, delicate visitor to flowers of all kinds.





The Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly is a member of the Gossamer-Winged Butterfly group. They are light and airy, floating through the air on delicate wings. This species is a part of the Blues tribe, where most members are shades of blue, from a pale steely hue to rich azure. Males have royal blue wings when they are open flat while females' wings are more brown. When closed, the underside of the wings for both genders are pale blue with black/gray markings. Two orange eyespots on each hindwing is thought to help confuse bird predators. If the bird mistakes the eyespot for an insect's head and pecks at it, a small part of the wing may be damaged, but the butterfly escapes virtually unharmed.

The Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly enjoys sitting on flowers and stems with its wings open, occasionally rubbing the hindwings together as if to scratch an itch. It is the only Blue on the eastern part of the continent with a 'tail' on the ends of each wing. Males tend to socialize at puddles or wet mud in what are called "puddle parties". This small butterfly can be found in parks, gardens, meadows and anywhere else flowers are abundant. The caterpillar of the Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly feeds on the leaves of flowering plants and a variety of bean plants.
Basic Information
Common Name: Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
Scientific Name: Cupido comyntas
Category: Butterfly or Moth


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 22mm (0.70in to 0.86in)
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Identifying Colors: blue, black, gray, brown, white, orange
Additional Descriptors: small, slow, flying, helpful




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cupido
Species: comyntas


Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American butterfly and moth insect
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.


Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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