Subject: marine blue
Location: Los Angeles (Highland Park)
June 17, 2014 12:42 pm
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.
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.