Strymon ziba, Foetoenakaba village, Suriname, 29 May 2007 Ref #: I-380-4.1
The family Lycaenidae is a large and varied worldwide group that has 4,000 to 6,000
species depending on the ever-changing taxonomic flux. They are collectively called
Gossamer Butterflies or Gossamer Wings. The family is further divided into eight
subfamilies. The first is the Theclinae which includes the Hairstreaks, Sunstreaks,
Elfins and others. The second is the Polyommatinae which includes the Blues, Azures,
Arguses, Caeruleans and others. The third subfamily is the Lycaeninae which includes
the Coppers, Sapphires, Silverlines and others. The forth is the Poritiinae which
includes the gems. The fifth is the Miletinae which includes the Brownies, Harvesters,
Darkies, Apeflies and others. The sixth is the Curetinae which includes the Sunbeams.
The seventh family is the Lipteninae which includes about 500 tropical rainforest
gossamer wings. The eighth and final subfamily is the Liphyrinae and includes the
Strymon ziba belongs to the subfamily Theclinae. It is found throughout parts of
Mexico then south through Central America down to southern Brazil. Like many scrub
hairstreaks, this butterfly is found in open areas from fields, edges of woods, roadsides,
gardens and even vacant lots.
Not much is known about the lifecycle, but it is probably similar to other scrub
hairstreaks with males perching all afternoon on small trees and shrubs to seek receptive
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