Attributes of Celastrina ladon

Spring Azure
Celastrina ladon (Cramer, 1780)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Seasonally variable and sexually dimorphic. Upperside of males blue, females with some black at outer edge of forewing. Late spring and summer forms with white above. Underside hindwing gray-white with faded small black dots, darker gray with larger black spots, or with blotches and black margins in the center.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.2 -3.5 cm).
Life History: Males patrol and perch all day but are most active from midafternoon until dusk. Eggs are laid on flower buds. Caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits and are tended by ants. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: Many broods from January-October along the Gulf Coast; progressively shorter flights northward; May-August in Canada.
Caterpillar Hosts: Flowers of a variety of woody shrubs and occasionally herbs including dogwood (Cornus florida), New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americana), meadowsweet (Spiraea salicifolia), and Collinsia.
Adult Food: Flower nectar from dogbane, privet, New Jersey tea, blackberry, common milkweed, and many others.
Habitat: Openings and edges of deciduous woods, old fields, wooded freshwater marshes and swamps.
Range: Alaska and Canada south of the tundra through most of the United States except the Texas coast, southern plains, and peninsular Florida; south in the mountains to Columbia.
Conservation: This species comprises a complex of 4-5 separate species, some of which may be of conservation concern.
NCGR:
Management Needs: None reported. Note: In addition to the Appalachian Azure, Atlantic Holly Azure, Dusky Azure, and Hops Azure, this "species" is in reality still a complex of additional species whose identity is under current research. At present it is not possible to separate all of the records for these species into individual species maps. We look forward to doing this in the future.
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April 14, 2016 yardbird Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States May 16, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 03, 2016 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States May 09, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 treichard Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 13, 2016 larrytip Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 treichard Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 treichard Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 treichard Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 treichard Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 treichard Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States April 17, 2016 Details
March 28, 2016 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States April 04, 2016 Details
March 31, 2016 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States April 01, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 21, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 21, 2016 Details
February 21, 2016 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States February 21, 2016 Details
May 27, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
April 29, 2010 lilkriskattn Rhea County, Tennessee, United States January 23, 2016 Details
May 26, 2013 saraheb Davidson County, Tennessee, United States January 23, 2016 Details
April 02, 2012 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States January 07, 2016 Details
March 22, 2014 sschott Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States January 06, 2016 Details
January 30, 2015 Silverbeard Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico December 27, 2015 Details
April 02, 2015 Cathy Miller Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 25, 2015 Details
May 07, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States August 07, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 26, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States July 06, 2015 Details
January 04, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 quick3beers Hamilton County, Ohio, United States June 19, 2015 Details
March 26, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States June 07, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 Dave Fairall Macon County, North Carolina, United States June 07, 2015 Details
April 01, 2015 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States May 29, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 cblazo Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 12, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 12, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States May 10, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States April 14, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 Howell_Curtis Breckinridge County, Kentucky, United States April 13, 2015 Details
June 22, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
March 21, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 25, 2015 Details
May 03, 2013 tjrickert Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States January 24, 2015 Details
April 27, 2014 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States January 04, 2015 Details
April 19, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States December 17, 2014 Details
March 02, 2014 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States December 01, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada August 10, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 dncms Knox County, Ohio, United States July 24, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 09, 2014 Details
May 21, 2012 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 07, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Sean Werle Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 02, 2014 Details
March 08, 2014 vldeloach Cherokee County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2014 Details