Lycaenidae

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Lycaenidae
Peablue
Lampides boeticus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Family: Lycaenidae
Leach, 1815
Subfamilies

Curetinae - Sunbeams
Liphyrinae
Lipteninae
Lycaeninae - Coppers
Miletinae - Harvesters
Polyommatinae - Blues
Poritiinae
Styginae (disputed)
Theclinae - Hairstreaks, Elfins
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The Lycaenidae are the second-largest family of butterflies, with about 6000 species worldwide,[1] whose members are also called gossamer-winged butterflies.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Fiedler, K. 1996. Host-plant relationships of lycaenid butterflies: large-scale patterns, interactions with plant chemistry, and mutualism with ants. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 80(1):259-267 doi:10.1007/BF00194770 [1]