Butterfly - Dark Grass Blue
Status, distribution and habitat
A common butterfly found year round to at least up to 5000 feet. It is not as common as the Lesser Grass Blue or the Tiny Grass Blue. Its habitat is short grass with small leguminous and acathaceous plants.
It flies fast among the short grass that it inhabits and is seldom seen more than a couple of feet above ground. It is a very active butterfly and flies about a great deal in good weather. It obtains nourishment from the flowers of small herbs in its habitat. It is gregarious and is often seen in the company of the Lesser Grass Blue.
The eggs are laid singly and placed inside the bracts of flowers or within tightly clustered buds or flowers, and are not easy to see even immediately after oviposition. The larvae feed on very tender leaves or buds and developing pods. They are well hidden within the leaves and bracts and are hard to spot. Pupation occurs on the plant in a concealed location. The principal larval host plant is Zornia diphyla.