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Attributes of Philotiella leona
Philotiella leona Hammond & McCorkle, 2000
Identification: Tiny. Upperside of male dark dusky blue on basal half, outer portions black; female is black with a brown cast. Underside white with large spots on forewing, small spots on hindwing.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 inch (1.9 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Probably very similar to that of the Small Dotted-blue.
Flight: One flight from mid-June to early July. Caterpillar host: Eriogonum spergulinum in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar, observed to be from flowers of Epilobium.
Habitat: Ash fields with low scrubby vegetation and open areas of ash.
Range: Klamath County, Oregon.
Conservation: All populations should be conserved and monitored.
NCGR: G1 -
Management Needs: Determine effects of exotic plants and fire on extant populations. Reference: Hammond, Paul C. and David V. McCorkle. 2000. A new species of Philotiella from the Oregon Cascade Range (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae).Holarctic Lepidoptera 6(2): 77-82.