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Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

This lovely, little blue butterfly has more to it than meets the eye. It is unknown whether this is a single species or if there are multiple species that are all known as Spring Azures. They have many seasonal forms and in the north there may only be one brood, while in the south they fly all year. Many also feed on different host plants. Depending on what is blooming, the eggs are laid on flowers and the caterpillars eat only the flowers and fruits. This is a complicated little butterfly that will be fun to watch through the years in research, as well as in our personal gardens.

Family: Gossamer Wing (Lycaenidae)

Subfamily: Blue (Polyommatinae)

Average Wingspan: 7/8" - 1 3/8"

Habitat: Various areas: marshes, woods, swamps

Similar To: Summer Azure

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Spring Azure Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Closed wing - Diane P. Brooks

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