Sponsa hairstreak

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Identification: The body and wings are bright iridescent blue (more greenish on the body and wing bases) on the upperside, with the wings having white fringe. The margins and submargins are dark brown, and the outer part of the postdiscal area is dark brown (without the iridescent blue tint) in females (that is, females have less/lighter iridescent blue tint than males). The upperside of the forewings has three bluish spots near the base. The hindwings have an orange-crowned black tornal ocellus and two tail-like projections near the tornus. The underside of the wings is bright iridescent lime green, except from mid to dorsum of the forewings which is light brown with a little bit of a bluish tint at the transition from lime green to light brown. The termenal margins are dark brown on the underside, bordered on the inner side by a thin white line. The forewings have two short dark brown lines, one bordered on the outer side by a thin white line. The hindwings have a broad central oblique band consisting of the following moving from base to termen: a thin black line, a broader white line, a series of dark brown patches. 




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Reported from: Potaro River (Region 8), Demerara River