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Western Pygmy Blue

Brephidium exile

Description:

Wingspan of 2/5 to 3/4 inch. The upperside is an orangey-brown, with blue shading on the bases of the wings. Underneath, the wings are grayish white towards the base. The forewing is shaded with orange on the outermost half; the hindwing is marked with brown patches in the middle and is edged with a row of dark blue spots lined in metallic gold.

Habitat:

Deserts and salt marshes

Notes:

Common name, Western Pygmy Blue. This is the smallest in North America butterfly, and one of the smallest in the world. It is often often overlooked because of its small size and tendency to fly low to the ground.

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7 Comments

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks so much for the sweet comments :)

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

beautiful picture !

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

A hard shot to get and you did it beautifully...welcome aboard!

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks Satyen, they're so small that a lot of people never really notice them :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Pretty butterfly!!

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks Daniele :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Lovely picture Christine. Welcome to Project Noah!

catgrin
Spotted by
catgrin

California, USA

Spotted on Apr 25, 2012
Submitted on May 23, 2012

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