Greenish Blue

Icaricia saepiolus (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare resident?

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier 2

Range: The Greenish Blue is found from central Alaska south into northern Arizona and New Mexico, and east through southern Canada and the northern United States to the Atlantic Coast in Maine and New Brunswick. In Nebraska it has been found in the northwestern corner of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: There is one early-mid summer flight. In Nebraska limited data places its flight from May 28 – June 8. Marrone (2002) reports a flight period from May 30 – July 27 in South Dakota where it is more common.

Larval Hostplant(s): Various clovers are recognized of which Alsike and White Clovers (Trifolium hybridum and T. repens) occur in Nebraska.

Habitat: Various pine forest habitats – streamsides, open meadows, roadsides, etc.

Found at: Sowbelly Canyon

Overwintering: As half-grown caterpillar

Similar Species:

Notes: Despite much research being done in the Pine Ridge region in the early 1900’s this species was not reported in the state until 1962.

Greenish Blue, Photo by Matthew Brust
Greenish Blue – female, dorsal
Greenish Blue – female, ventral
Greenish Blue – male, dorsal
Greenish Blue – male, ventral

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