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  • Spring Azure Butterfly - (Celestrina ladon)

    Spring Azure Butterfly - (Celestrina ladon)

    Differences in color, shade, and pattern within the Spring Azure species complicate its identification almost as much as its similarities to close cousins.

    Picture of Spring Azure Butterfly
    Staff Writer (2/3/2017): The Spring Azure Butterfly resembles many other close relatives. It differs from other species in the Celestrina genus on its underwing. There is no orange spot along the hindwing on them and its markings are thin and linear. It also has many subspecies and variations making identification a bit more complicated than other butterflies. Males are attracted to moisture and have been found congregating at mud puddles. They have also been seen visiting streams and even moist animal dung and carrion. Females can raise many broods in one year.

    Caterpillars are shaped like wide, flat slugs, not tubes. They eat flower parts of a variety of shrubs like dogwood and blueberry, and eventually secrete a sweet substance on themselves that attracts ants. It is thought that the presence of many ants on it provides protection from predators like birds or other insects. They pupate in the ground and over winter. They emerge in late April and typically mate in mid-afternoon and evening.

    Look for Spring Azure Butterflies around and along roadsides, forest edges and areas with abundant shrubs through the summer and into fall. They are attracted to lights at night.

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    Spring Azure Butterfly

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Spring Azure Butterfly
    Scientific Name: Celestrina ladon

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Lycaenidae
           Genus: Celestrina
            Species: ladon

    Size (Adult, Length): 22mm to 35mm (0.87in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: blue, gray, black, white

    Additional Descriptors: flying, spotted

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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