Species Page: Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

Summer Azure

Celastrina neglecta (W. H. Edwards, 1862)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Occasional resident

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: Eastern and central United States. Statewide in Nebraska but rarer in the southwest.

Larval Hostplant(s): Chokecherry and Dogwood flowers are the primary food sources although others are likely fed upon as well.

Broods/Flight Times: There are three to four broods in Nebraska where adults have been found from 26 April – 29 August.

Overwintering: As pupae.

Habitat: This butterfly is most often found along forest margins or treed roadways.

Avg. Wingspan: 15/16 – 1 1/8 inches

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Notes: This Butterfly is quite variable in appearance across the state and the country. The genus Celastrina is under constant revision with species, subspecies and “forms” continuously being shuffled about.