Lycaean Blue

Subject: small blue moth (?)
Location: central washington
May 25, 2012 5:44 pm
around our cattle watering trough there are many of these…
Signature: gentry


Hi gentry,
This lovely little Lycaean Blue might be Boisduval’s Blue,
Plebejus icarioides, or Anna’s Blue, Plebejus anna, or some other species in the genus Plebejus based on the research we have done on BugGuide.  This photo from BugGuide shows a group of males puddling, the behavior you describe.  Some male butterflies drink from mineral rich water, urine or even dung in order to obtain necessary nutrients.  BugGuide also states:  “The life cycles of many of the blues, especially members of the genus Plebejus, are very complex and involve interesting relationships with ants.”  The general name Lycaean Blue applies to the entire subfamily Polyommatinae of the family Lycaenidae, sometimes called the Gossamer Wings, which also includes Hairstreaks, Coppers and Harvesters.  According to BugGuide:  “The family Lycaenidae contains many species, mostly small, many of them very rare.”

thank you so much…  have a nice week-end.               gentry

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