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Silvery Blue

Glaucopsyche lygdamus


A violet-blue butterfly, about an inch wide. "The Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) is a small butterfly native to North America. Upperside is a light blue in males, a dull grayish blue in females. Underside is gray with single row of round spots of differing sizes depending upon region."


It seems to really like the peppermint garden in my yard, pacific northwest environment. I live in a forested area with some open sunny spots (when its not raining, so like, once in a blue moon lol).


I'm only mostly sure that this is the Silvery Blue butterfly. I was super lucky that it landed on my sock and opened its wings. It kept its wings closed most of the time and fluttered around every time my shadow passed over him. I wanted to get a picture of him with his wings closed too ... so I went back outside, caught him in a jar, took him in, snapped a shot of his closed wings, and let him fly back outside the window.

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dotun55 8 years ago

It's interesting to see images of interaction between humans and animals. Nice view!

Glanecia 8 years ago

Or maybe The Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) .... this is tough ... when its wings were closed, it looked white-ish ... kind of like the Silvery Blue

Glanecia 8 years ago

Hmm, could this be the "Fender's blue butterfly"? If so, then it's an endangered species.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 9, 2014
Submitted on Apr 9, 2014

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