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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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
May 23, 2014 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States June 09, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 allelopath Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States June 03, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States June 03, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 Molanic Du Page County, Illinois, United States June 02, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 John Schwartz De Kalb County, Illinois, United States May 31, 2014 Details
March 20, 2014 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
May 16, 2014 lmreid71 Jefferson County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
May 03, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States May 22, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 fm5050 Calvert County, Maryland, United States May 21, 2014 Details
May 09, 2014 galby Charleston County, South Carolina, United States May 21, 2014 Details
May 16, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 19, 2014 Details
April 21, 2014 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States April 28, 2014 Details
March 29, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 30, 2014 Details
March 18, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 20, 2014 Details
April 18, 2009 Chip Krilowicz Mercer County, New Jersey, United States February 08, 2014 Details
June 09, 2013 jaybird36 Morris County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
April 19, 2013 a-o Essex County, Massachusetts, United States February 03, 2014 Details
May 09, 2010 ddodd Brewster County, Texas, United States January 14, 2014 Details
May 21, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States January 06, 2014 Details
May 04, 2013 cosmos Washington County, Oregon, United States October 08, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 ssaymuah Wayne County, Michigan, United States July 31, 2013 Details
March 30, 2013 Mike Stinson Bedford County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2013 Details
May 27, 2013 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States July 03, 2013 Details
June 27, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 03, 2013 BOGwalker St Louis County, Minnesota, United States June 25, 2013 Details