Family - Lycaenidae
(The Gossamer-Winged Butterflies)
The Lycaenidae are the second-largest family of butterflies, with about 6000 species worldwide, whose members are also called gossamer-winged butterflies. They are 40% of the known butterflies.
The family is traditionally divided into the subfamilies of the blues, the coppers, the hairstreaks, and the harvesters.
Adults are small, under 5 cm usually, and brightly colored, sometimes with a metallic gloss. The male's forelegs are reduced in size and lack claws. Adult individuals often have hairy antenna-like tails.