Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Veined Blue
Plebejus neurona (Skinner, 1902)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Has no blue color. Upperside dark brown with orange veins and submarginal bands. Underside white with black spot pattern and red-orange submarginal bands.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 7/8 inch (2 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on leaves of host plant, which caterpillars eat. Second-stage caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One or two broods from May-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Wright\'s buckwheat (Eriogonum wrightii) in the buckwheat family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Rocky outcrops, hills, and ridges in the mountains.
Range: Very local in southern California County, Tehachapi Mountains, mountains of San Bernardino County.
Conservation: All populations are of conservation concern.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: Monitor populations and study the effects of fire, grazing, and exotic weeds.
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