Lupine Blue

Icaricia lupini (Boisduval, 1869)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon to rare resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: The Acmon Blue is found in the western half of the United States, extending into southern Canada and western Mexico. In Nebraska it has been recorded from the western half of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: Triple? brooded with records from mid May to late October

Larval Hostplant(s): Various legumes and buckwheats

Habitat: Short/mixed grass prairies in the western half of the state

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Crescent Lake NWR

Overwintering: As young larvae

Similar Species: Melissa Blues


Lupine Blue, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Chris Helzer
Lupine Blue female – dorsal
Lupine Blue male – dorsal
Lupine Blue – side view

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