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Monday, May 28, 2012

Appalachian Silvery Blue

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.

Appalachian Silvery Blue

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.

Appalachian Silvery Blue

Hot and humid here. I worked all day at writing things, and have to do assignments all day tomorrow.

See Chasing the Blues
Is it a Karner Blue?
Counting Karner Blues
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Shelly said...

Butterflies are beautiful and fun to watch.

vanilla said...

I find photographing butterflies to be a tricky business. You did well, very well.

Chuck said...

Such a lovely little one. As Vanilla observed, it's not easy to capture an image of these guys.

rainfield61 said...

Butterflies are tethered flowers, or leafs.

Ann said...

a pretty little thing and so small.

Lynn Proctor said...

this one looks like a delicate lace--lovely

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