Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Appalachian Azure
Celastrina neglectamajor Opler & Krizek, 1984

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Upperside of male all blue. Female without much white scaling on hindwing. Underside of hindwing mostly chalky white with submarginal row reduced to 1 or 3 distinct black spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.9 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars eat flowers.
Flight: One flight from May-June in the Appalachians.
Caterpillar Hosts: Bugbane (Cimicifuga racemosa).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Rich, deciduous woods, especially near streams.
Range: Central and southern Appalachians from southern Pennsylvania south to northern Georgia. Isolated populations in southwest Missouri, eastern Tennessee, central Kentucky, and southern Ohio.
Conservation: Habitat may be threatened by the spread of garlic mustard (Alliaria officinalis).
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Survey habitats and protect them from alteration and exotic plants.
Comments: NULL
Alternate Scientific Names:
Celastrina neglectamajor