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Western tailed blue

Cupido amyntula

Description:

The Western Tailed-blue (Cupido amyntula) is a member of the Lycaenidae family and is seen across western North America as far norther as Alaska. The upperside of the male butterfly is blue while the female has a darker brown band on the outer side of the wing. The underside is riddle with black spots, with a wingspan of 2.2 to 2.9 cm

Habitat:

Canyons & caves, Cities, suburbs & towns, Deserts, Forests & woodlands, Freshwater swamps, marshes & bogs, Grasslands & prairies, Meadows & fields.

Notes:

Western Canada, Alaska, California, Northwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Plains.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Jim West
Jim West 9 years ago
Eastern Tailed Blue, maybe.
Everes comyntas


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3 Comments

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

I went with a western tailed blue since I am in Utah! Thanks for steering me in the right direction

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

Thanks!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

The Flower beetle is a Buprestid - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buprestidae... they come in many forms and are always in the center of a flower if possible.
The butterfly might well be an Eastern Tailed Blue; Cupido comyntas; http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/speci...

CynthiaMHori
Spotted by
CynthiaMHori

Utah, USA

Spotted on Jun 3, 2012
Submitted on Jun 8, 2012

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