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Northern Blue A Northern blue butterfly captured in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Geotagged,Plebejus idas,United States,Wyoming,Yellowstone National Park,butterflies Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Northern Blue

A Northern blue butterfly captured in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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  1. I am fairly certain this is a melissa blue, but if anyone has any objections or thinks differently, please let me know. This is where I determined identification:

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/12406
    Posted 6 years ago
    1. I hate identifying the blues because there are so many similar species. In this case it could be Plebejus idas for instance, but I cannot tell which one it is. Even if you have photos of both sides of the wings, the differences are minute.
      http://butterfliesofamerica.com/t/Plebejus_idas_a.htm
      http://butterfliesofamerica.com/L/t/Plebejus_melissa_a.htm
      http://bugguide.net/node/view/184106/bgimage
      http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Plebejus-idas
      http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Plebejus-melissa
      Posted 6 years ago
      1. Yes, they really are a pain to tell apart. From what I can tell, Plebejus idas seems to be a better identification than Plebejus melissa. Thank you, as always WildFlower, for your input! Posted 6 years ago
  2. Love the ends of its wings, such jewels. Posted 6 years ago
    1. I love blues! Aside from being a pain to identify, they are beautiful. Posted 6 years ago

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The Idas Blue or Northern Blue is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in the northerern regions of the Palearctic ecozone and the Nearctic ecozone.
Flies from June to August depending on location. Wingspan: 17 to 28 mm. The larvae feed on Calluna and Fabaceae species.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by travismorhardt
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By travismorhardt

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Uploaded Oct 7, 2014. Captured Aug 17, 2014 15:08 in Unnamed Road, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA.
  • NIKON D3300
  • f/9.0
  • 10/3200s
  • ISO100
  • 55mm