Western Spring Azure

echo_blue_md.jpg

 Photo by Dennis Walker, with permission

Western Spring Azure (Celastrina echo)

Silvery lilac to periwinkle blue, small. This will be one of the earliest butterflies seen each spring, primarily in April and May. Eggs are laid on the buds of flowering shrubs and trees, including dogwood, ocean spray, huckleberry and spirea. The larvae produce a honeydew which ants come to eat, in exchange for protecting the larvae from predators. Adults sip from mud, ash, and dung as well as the nectar of many wild and garden flowers.

 

Comments

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question tests whether you are a human visitor, to prevent spam submissions.
The answer can easily be found on this site if you don't know it.
Don't stress - if you get it wrong, you'll get another chance, just try again :-)
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.