icarioides

Icarioides Blue

Icaricia icarioides (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Locally common resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Icarioides Blues occupy most of the western United States, extending east into western portions of the Dakotas and Nebraska. In Nebraska it has been found in the northern and western counties of the panhandle.

Broods/Flight Times: There is one early to mid-summer flight. In Nebraska it has been reported from May 24 – July 29.

Larval Hostplant(s): Larvae have been confirmed as feeding on various Lupines, of which the Silvery Lupine (Lupinus parviflora) is found in Nebraska.

Habitat: Adults are most abundant in the upper reaches of canyons but can be found in valley bottoms as well.

Found at: Gilbert-Baker & Ponderosa SWMAs, Panorama Point (Kimball Co)

Overwintering: As a caterpillar

Similar Species: Silvery and Greenish Blues

Notes:

Icarioides Blue, Photo by Matthew Brust
Icarioides Blue – dorsal
Icarioides Blue – ventral

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