Azure Complex

These blues are complicated.

"A beautiful mess." "Bewildering."

The Maine Butterfly Survey recognizes two Celastrina species in the state, Northern Azure (C. lucia) and Summer Azure (C. neglecta), and both occur at the Wells Reserve.

The species and forms that make up the Celastrina genus have been debated by experts for decades. Additional labels applied to these butterflies in our area include Spring Azure, Cherry Gall Azure (C. serotina), New England Azure, "ladon," "marginata," and "violacea." While lepidopterists strive to elucidate azure relationships, we are taking a conservative approach for now, lumping the forms together on one page.

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Azure photographed on the Muskie Trail on April 22, 2019
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Azure photographed on the Knight Trail on May 17, 2017.
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Azure photographed at the reserve on May 9, 2017.
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Azure photographed at the reserve on August 14, 2013.
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Azure photographed at the reserve on August 14, 2013.
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Azure photographed on the Knight Trail on May 7, 2013.

More Butterflies

See the complete list of butterflies documented from the Wells Reserve.

Butterfly List