Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1227597

Central Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes centralis

Observation date: July 30, 2019
Submitted by: ncrosbyrd
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: December 31, 2019
Coordinator notes: This is the "Central Dotted Blue" I commonly refer to as "McDunnough's Blue." The species in the genus Euphilotes are still a bit up in the air as far as their classification and this one may end up belonging to the species glaucon. You might have found the Rita Blue out on the plains east of Colorado Springs in late July. I've found both together on Hwy. 94 where there is a hilly area and a few pine trees (if those are still alive - its been years since I was at that location). The underside of the hindwing of rita looks like it has a lot of spots because it does have a couple of more spots by count on it than centralis. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, El Paso County