Gossamer Wings: Spring Azure Celastrina ladon
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from .88" - 1.38"|
|Habitat:||Open deciduous woods, clearings|
|Flight Period:||Early April to early May|
|Larval Host Plant:||Dogwood, wild cherry, blueberry|
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Distinguishing between the Spring Azure (C. ladon) and Summer Azure (C. neglecta) is extremely difficult. I was fortunate to have Harry Pavulaan review these two photos and provide extremely helpful and easy to understand descriptions. As per Harry, in the first photo, "the one with the closed wings shows a peak of that 'greasy' shine of male ladon."
The second photo is "also a give-away, with a bright reflectance and the white wing veins along the leading edge of the forewing are smeared with white. In neglecta, those veins are crisp, whitish against a solid blue ground color."