Seen after the heat of summer has reached its peak, the Summer Azure is lighter version of its springtime kin.
Many types of azures have such similar features, it is difficult to tell them apart. The Summer Azure is a whiter, less dingy species that is seen after July has begun. The white wings have faint black rings along the underside's edge with a tiny black dot centered in each one. Curved dashes and marks litter the forewing and hindwing. The top side of the wings are mostly white though it may look dingy, and a black border almost surrounds each wing, getting quite thick by the tips. The smaller hindwings have white rings on the black edging.
Caterpillars feed on the leaves of roses, Spirea and other shrubs, as well as Gray Dogwood trees. Look for this species in mid- to late summer, but enjoy all types of similar-looking azures from spring through autumn.
Scientific Name: Celastrina neglecta
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 29mm (0.90in to 1.13in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.