Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri Comstock & Huntington, 1943

Miami blue



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Hemiargus thomasi bethunebakeri W. P Comstock & Huntington, 1943


Conservation Status

Last record: 1992

Rediscovered in 1999



Florida, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Comstock, W. P. and Huntington, E. I. (1943). Lycaenidae of the Antilles (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Ann. New York Acad. Sci. 45(2): 49-130.


Other references:

Cannon, P. (2007). Rarest of the very rare: local photographer finds colonies of Miami blue butterflies. Keys Sunday, January 7 issue. Pp. 16-18.

Daniels, J. C. (2005). Species Profile: Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri. In Shepherd, M. D., D. M. Vaughan, and S. H. Black (Eds). Red List of Pollinator Insects of North America. CD-ROM Version 1 (May 2005). Portland, OR: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Daniels, J. C. and T. C. Emmel. (2004). Florida’s Precious Miami Blues. Wings. Essays in Invertebrate Conservation 27(1): 3-7.

Daniels, Jaret C. and Sanchez, Stephanie J. (2006). Naturalists at Large: Blue's Revival. Natural History. 115(6?): 26-28, 75.

Kimball, C.P. (1965). The Lepidoptera of Florida. An Annotated Checklist. Arthropods of Florida and neighboring land areas. Volume 1. Gainesville: Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture.

Lenczewski, B. (1980). Butterflies of Everglades National Park. National Park Service, South Florida Research Center, Homestead, Florida. Report T-588.

Minno, M.C., and T.C. Emmel. (1993). Butterflies of the Florida Keys. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers.

Pelham, J. P. (2008). A catalogue of the butterflies of the United States and Canada with a complete bibliography of the descriptive and systematic literature. The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera. Volume 40. 658 pp.

Smith, D.S., L.D. Miller, and J.Y. Miller. (1994). The Butterflies of the West Indies and South Florida. New York: Oxford University Press.


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