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White Butterfly - Celastrina

White Butterfly - Celastrina
Hawks Nest State Park, near Anstead, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA
May 4, 2008

This is tough one. The date (early May) suggests C. ladon or possibly C. serotina. However, the very light color suggests either C. neglecta or the uncommon C. neglectamajor. I believe that C. nigra is in your area around the same time as well. That species would show an underside pattern similar to the first two species mentioned.

As you can see, the identification of this individual is tough, and will probably never be identified. I hope this was helpful!


Can this be C. idella?
the holly azure? I'm looking at my copy of Brock and Kaufman's Field Guide to Butterflies of North America and it best fits the image in the guide plus it's a spring-flying species in the east...

The map in the paper describing idella shows it as a coastal plain species (not sure if there are any counties marked that are more than one or two counties away from the coast), so probably not.

Celastrina neglectamajor - Appalachian Azure, but the date seems a little early, possible a faintly marked Summer Azure -Celestrina neglecta

It's one of the Azures although you probably need someone with local knowledge to ID it to species.

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