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Photo#119956
Ant - attended caterpillar - Strymon melinus

Ant - attended caterpillar - Strymon melinus
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 8, 2007
Size: ~12 mm
A Blue on a sunflower? (Encelia californica ). Seems odd, since they use members of the pea family (Fabaceae), or buckwheats. Whatever it is, it looks like one of the ant-attended butterfly larvae; I watched ants coming and going...

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probably Strymon melinus
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Thanks, David -
I had thought of Strymon melinus, but don't know the larva other than comparing with some images.
Your comment is especially appreciated in that it reminded me of some larvae I observed in a spurge in the Anza Borrego. Considering that this butterfly species seems happy with an enormous variety of host plants, perhaps the photo below is Strymon melinus?

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