These aren't great photos, but they are better than others I've gotten to date of this little blue charmer.
The mysteries of little blue butterflies are great, and they are nervous flutterers. However, I learned something really important today. They are easiest to tell apart by the drab undersides of their wings, and when they land, they fold up and show those undersides. Of course, the blue is prettier, but it's nice that they make it more convenient for identification, once one learns all those patterns of spots.
So, for sure, this is Glaucopsyche lygdamus, the Appalachian Silvery Blue. It's very common. That's OK. Maybe I'll get so I can ID it easily. Remember, this butterfly is about half an inch across.
This one is male, because it has dark bands on the edges of the top sides, which I just managed to catch in one shot.
Hot and humid here. I worked all day at writing things, and have to do assignments all day tomorrow.
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