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Spring Azure Celastrina ladon

 

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Spring Azure
credit: Walter Siegmund/CCSA

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Family: Lycaenidae, Gossamer-wing Butterflies view all from this family



Description The Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in North America from Alaska and Canada south of the tundra through most of the United States except the Texas coast, southern plain and peninsular Florida; south in the mountains to Colombia.

Since the publication of a monograph on the Lycaenopsis Group of Lycaenid genera in 1983 by Eliot & Kawazoe, ladon has been considered by some taxon authorities to be a subspecies of Celastrina argiolus (Linnaeus, 1758). Other authorities still consider C. ladon and related species C. neglecta and C. serotina, to be "full" species.


Dimensions 3/4-1 1/4" (19-32 mm).


Habitat Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields, Cities, suburbs & towns, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Freshwater swamps, marshes & bogs.


Range Rocky Mountains, Texas, Plains, Southeast, Western Canada, Great Lakes, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Eastern Canada, California, Northwest, Southwest, Alaska.


 

 

 

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