Attributes of Celastrina nigra

Dusky Azure
Celastrina nigra (Forbes, 1960)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Upperside of male gray-black; female dark with areas of gray-blue. Underside of hindwing with prominent black spots in submarginal row.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females. Eggs are laid singly under young leaflets of host plant. Caterpillars feed on leaves and chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One brood from April-May.
Caterpillar Hosts: Goat\'s beard (Aruncus dioicus) in the rose family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar, including wild geranium.
Habitat: Shady and moist deciduous woods.
Range: Southern Appalachians, Ohio River Valley, central Illinois, and northwest Arkansas.
Conservation: Habitats may be threatened by the spread of garlic mustard (Alliaria officinalis) in the mustard family.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Protect habitats from alteration and invasion by exotic plants.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
May 26, 2012 Peggy O Forest County, Wisconsin, United States June 10, 2012 Details
May 05, 2012 Julius Polk County, Tennessee, United States May 11, 2012 Details
May 20, 2011 Troy Shively Scioto County, Ohio, United States February 21, 2012 Details
April 29, 2011 Troy Shively Scioto County, Ohio, United States February 21, 2012 Details
April 11, 2011 Julius Polk County, Tennessee, United States July 10, 2011 Details
March 25, 1961 legacy.reporter Swain County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 09, 1993 legacy.reporter (HEL) Macon County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 25, 1994 legacy.reporter (Hollingsworth) Mitchell County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 24, 1996 legacy.reporter (HEL) Graham County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 27, 1996 legacy.reporter (HEL) Graham County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 28, 1996 legacy.reporter (HEL) Graham County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 11, 1997 legacy.reporter (D. Carter) Macon County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 27, 1999 legacy.reporter (L Williams) Graham County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 09, 1999 legacy.reporter (HEL, Carter) Clay County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 09, 1999 legacy.reporter (HEL,Carter) Macon County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 05, 2002 legacy.reporter (HEL,Carter) Clay County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 01, 2003 legacy.reporter (C. Marks) Haywood County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 02, 2003 legacy.reporter (C. Marks) Haywood County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 25, 2004 legacy.reporter (Gatrelle) Clay County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 19, 2005 legacy.reporter (S.Garriock) Jackson County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 20, 2005 legacy.reporter (Garriock) Jackson County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 20, 2005 legacy.reporter (S.Garriock) Jackson County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 21, 2005 legacy.reporter (S.Garriock) Jackson County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 29, 2005 legacy.reporter (R. van Epps) Graham County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 14, 2005 legacy.reporter (HEL,Pippen) Clay County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 28, 2006 legacy.reporter (J. Pippen) Graham County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 12, 2006 legacy.reporter (R. Emmitt) Clay County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 13, 2006 legacy.reporter (HEL, Pippen) Clay County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Pavulaan/Wright) Haywood County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Mellichamp) Polk County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (H. Pavulaan) Swain County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1930 legacy.reporter St Louis County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
June 01, 1988 legacy.reporter (Pavulaan, Harry) St Francois County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
May 03, 1980 legacy.reporter (Rouillard, Marc) Jefferson County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
May 28, 1988 legacy.reporter (Pavulaan, Harry) Iron County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
June 01, 1988 legacy.reporter (Pavulaan, Harry) Franklin County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
May 11, 1988 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States March 09, 2007 Details
March 25, 1991 legacy.reporter Boone County, Missouri, United States February 21, 2007 Details
April 10, 2005 legacy.reporter (Rita Venable) Cumberland County, Tennessee, United States January 08, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jackson County, North Carolina, United States October 25, 2006 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Washington County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jersey County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McDonough County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Menard County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Monroe County, Indiana, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Breathitt County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bullitt County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details