Gossamer-winged butterflies are a very large family of butterflies with delicate shimmering wings. The adults are usually small and brightly coloured and include all the blues, coppers, hairstreaks, sunbeams and harvesters. In many species the caterpillars depend on ants for various services, including protection, and will produce a sugary secretion to attract these little helpers. This is the second largest family of butterflies, containing more than 5,000 species, many of which are now quite rare.
Scientific name: Lycaenidae
The following habitats are found across the Gossamer-winged butterflies distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web