enoptes

Dotted Blue

Euphilotes enoptes (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare resident

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier2

Range: The Dotted-Blue occupies much of the mountain west and high plains from the Canadian border south into Arizona. It extends east into western South Dakota and Nebraska. In Nebraska it has been reported in the panhandle as far east as the rocky scarps along the Niobrara River in Dawes and Box Butte Counties.

Broods/Flight Times: One early summer flight in June. It has been found in Wyoming from late April to July (Marrone, 2002).

Larval Hostplant(s): Yellow Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum flavum)

Habitat: In Nebraska this butterfly inhabits rocky hillsides in close association with its hostplant.

Found at: Sowbelly Canyon

Overwintering: As pupae

Similar Species: Rita, Melissa and Lupine Blues.

Notes:

Dotted Blue, Photo by Matthew Brust
Dotted Blue – female, dorsal
Dotted Blue – female, ventral
Dotted Blue – male, dorsal
Dotted Blue – male, ventral

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