Myscelia ethusa

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Myscelia ethusa
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa), underside.jpg
Myscelia ethusa.jpg

Secure (NatureServe)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Epicaliini
Genus: Myscelia
Species: M. ethusa
Binomial name
Myscelia ethusa
(Doyère, [1840])
  • Cybdelis ethusa Doyère, [1840]
  • Myscelia rogenhoferi R. Felder, 1869
  • Myscelia cyanecula C. & R. Felder, [1867]
  • Myscelia pattenia Butler & Druce, 1872

Myscelia ethusa, the Mexican bluewing or blue wing, is a species of butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found from Colombia north through Central America to Mexico. Strays can be found up to the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States.

The wingspan is 64–76 mm (2.5–3.0 in). Many generations occur per year.

The larvae feed on Dalechampia species. Adults feed on rotting fruit.[2]


Listed alphabetically:[3]

  • M. e. chiapensis Jenkins, 1984 (Mexico)
  • M. e. cyanecula C. & R. Felder, 1867 (Mexico)
  • M. e. ethusa (Mexico)
  • M. e. pattenia Butler & Druce, 1872 (Guatemala and Costa Rica)


  1. ^ "Myscelia ethusa - (Doyère, (1840) Mexican Bluewing". NatureServe Explorer. NatureServe. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Mexican Bluewing Myscelia ethusa (Doyère, (1840))". Butterflies and Moths of North America. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ Myscela ethusa at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

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