Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)

Fairly common but local in rich coves (with host plant Black Cohosh) in the NC mountains, this is the largest of the azures.
Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)
Clay Co., NC
22 May 2005
Same individual; note rich blue showing on front edge of dorsal wing.
This azure was much larger than nearby Summer Azures.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005
Worn female

Buncombe Co, NC
26 June 04

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) caterpillar
Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006

Appalachian Azure caterpillars feed on Black Cohosh, Acteae racemosa (scroll down) flowers.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) caterpillar
Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006

At a distance, they blend in well with dying flower parts.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) caterpillar
Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006

Some individuals are green with white markings.


Click for a photo taken on the same day of a group of puddling azures. While the right-hand azure was typical "Summer Azure" size, the left-hand azure seemed to be the size of an Appalachian. However, 26 June is awfully late for fresh male Appalachian azures at a lower elevation than the worn female pictured above...


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