The Summer Azure

Summer azures have been uncommon this year, but I did get a photo of this one.  I got a view of the spectacular blue dorsal surface of the wings, but I was not fast enough to get a photo of it.

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This is the second most common blue butterfly in Iowa, and it can be easily separated from the eastern tailed-blue by it s flight pattern–this one flies into the trees, and the eastern tailed-blue almost always stays near the ground.

Scientists are still sorting out the azure complex–this one is called Celastrina neglecta.  My opinion is that this is a distinct species from the spring azure, C. ladon, but the scientists are still arguing.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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