Species Page: Icarioides Blue (Icaricia icarioides)

Icarioides / Boisduval’s Blue

Icaricia icarioides (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Locally common resident

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: Boisduval’s 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.

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

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

Overwintering: As a caterpillar.

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

Avg. Wingspan:  1 1/8 – 1 3/8 inches

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

Similar Species: Silvery and Greenish Blues