Species Page: Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini)

Lupine Blue

Icaricia lupini (Boisduval, 1869)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: The Lupine 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.

Larval Hostplant(s): Various legumes and buckwheats.

Broods/Flight Times: May be triple brooded with records from mid May to late October.

Overwintering: As young larvae.

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

Avg. Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 1/8 inches

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Crescent Lake NWR

Similar Species: Melissa Blue


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