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Arctic Blue
Agriades glandon
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

The tiny Arctic Blue (wingspan 17 to 13 mm or ˝ to 1 in.) can be found throughout the Province in June and July, except for the mountains, where it’s close relative the Rustic Blue takes over the job. Look for this butterfly in open dry places, but look carefully – for it is often mistaken for a moth with its rapid, erratic, low to the ground flight.

The upper wing surfaces are dark greyish blue. The male sports a grey wing border while the female’s is darker. The centres of all wings have an elongated black spot bordered by white on each side. The wing undersides are pale grey with dark spots rimmed with white. The spots on the hind wing might be entirely white. The largest hind wing spots may sometimes be orange and blue.

The hairy caterpillars are pale green with reddish marks on the back, and feed on leguminous as well as other plants.

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