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Subject: marine blue
Location: Los Angeles (Highland Park)
June 17, 2014 12:42 pm
Dear Bugman,
Here is a tiny butterfly from my garden. I saw a flash of bluish-purple as she was flying, then she landed on my lantana bush. I was able to get fairly close, so I thought you might like this picture. I think she is a marine blue.
Thank you!
Signature: Moira

Marine Blue

Marine Blue

Dear Moira,
We agree with your identification of this Marine Blue,
 Leptotes marina.  Since plumbago, a food plant for the caterpillar, is commonly planted in southern California, the Marine Blue is quite common even in the city.  See BugGuide for more information on the Marine Blue.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: HIghland Park, Los Angeles, California

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