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Spring Azure

Description:

I frequently see these small butterflies, but have never been able to get a close look at them. They are incredibly fast, and seem to fly from pebble to pebble almost constantly. The butterfly is a beautiful blue when its wings are open. Unfortunately this butterfly was injured, so I had the opportunity to examine it. I brought it to a field with wildflowers, and after a few moments it had recovered enough to fly away. I am not sure how it was injured, but it must have been stunned for a bit. It was about the size of a quarter, I believe. Maybe a bit smaller. I tried to identify it and I think it may be a spring azure, but I was wondering if anyone else is able to confirm this.

Habitat:

Often found along a gravel road that runs through deciduous woodlands.

Notes:

I apologize for the poor quality of the photographs, but I only had a cell phone on me.

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2 Comments

Catta Pilosa
Catta Pilosa 5 years ago

I assure you that this is a butterfly. I know the photos are not the greatest, but you should be able to make out the bulbs at the end of the antennae. Moths tend to have antennae that are a bit feathery. This insect was active during the day, was brightly colored, and folded its wings upright and together while at rest (rather than spreading them out to the side or behind like moths do). Here are some better images:
http://www.rlephoto.com/blues/azure_spri...



Gabe39
Gabe39 5 years ago

That is a moth

Catta Pilosa
Spotted by
Catta Pilosa

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on May 1, 2015
Submitted on May 2, 2015

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