Northern Azure Celastrina lucia (W. Kirby, 1837)Western MD only  

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Northern Azure (Celastrina lucia), as its name suggests, has a wide distribution in the north. This butterfly has long been considered as a northern subspecies of Spring Azure (C. ladon), though current systematics now treat it as a full species. This butterfly is known only from higher elevations of western Maryland, where it appears to use Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) as a larval host. In other parts of the range, it often uses various Vaccinium, especially lowbush blueberry (V. pallidum).

There are 3 records in the project database.

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A Northern Azure in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/11/2018). Determined by Harry Pavulaan. Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

A Northern Azure in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/11/2018). Determined by Harry Pavulaan. Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

A Northern Azure in Middlesex Co., New Jersey (5/11/2011). Photo by John Beetham. (MBP list)


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