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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Image contributed by U.S.
photographer Jenn Taggart.
Also known as the Echo Blue butterfly.
Spring Azures are small butterflies.
The dorsal wings on both sexes are clear blue, with females having black borders.
Ventral wing sides for both sexes are grayish or off white with assorted small black dots.
Adults prefer to fly along paths or woodlands and forests, and are almost never found in back yards.
They begin to fly in March or April, and seldom fly for more than a month.
They begin mating and laying eggs a few days after they emerge, and eggs hatch a few days later.
Larvae mature in around a month, and spend the rest of the year in a chrysalis.
Spring Azures can be difficult to see because they rest with their wings closed, allowing them to blend well with their surroundings.
It is unknown whether Celastrina ladon is a single polymorphic species or whether there are numerous subspecies.
Diet: adults take nectar from Highbush Blueberry and Spicebush, and males sip nutrients from moist soil.
Avg. wingspan: 2.2 - 3.5 cm / .85 - 1.35".
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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