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Species Plebejus shasta - Shasta Blue - Hodges#4379

Shasta Blue NW Great Basin Segregate - Plebejus shasta Small, blue/gray butterfly - Plebejus shasta Plebejus shasta - male Plebejus shasta - male Plebejus shasta - male Plebejus shasta - male Plebejus shasta Plebejus shasta - male
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Lycaenidae (Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Harvesters)
Subfamily Polyommatinae (Blues)
Genus Plebejus
Species shasta (Shasta Blue - Hodges#4379)
Hodges Number
4379
Explanation of Names
Plebejus shasta shasta (W. H. Edwards, 1862) - name per BOA
Icaricia shasta (Edwards, 1862) - name per MPG
Numbers
6 subspp. (BOA)
Range
w US n. of AZ-NM - Map MPG
Season
mostly: June-Aug (MPG data)
Remarks
includes the federally endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly (Icaricia shasta charlestonensis)
The subspecies is known to occur only at high elevations of the Spring Mountains, located approximately 25 miles west of Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada. The butterfly requires open habitat that supports its larval host plants, which grow between 8,200 to 11,500 feet in the Spring Mountains. Populations of the Mount Charleston blue butterfly are located within and adjacent to Kyle and Lee Canyons, on lands managed by the Forest Service in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
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