Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)

Common and widespread in the western US and Canada, often in dry habitats with lupines and other legumes. See also Northern Blue, Friday's Blue, and Anna's Blue.
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Male, #1146
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa inyoensis)
alkali flats near Bishop, CA
18 July 2007

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Female, #1151
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa inyoensis)
alkali flats near Bishop, CA
18 July 2007

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Female, #1158
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa inyoensis)
alkali flats near Bishop, CA
18 July 2007
Male, #9418
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Fresno Dome, Madera, CA
18 July 2007


Below are Colorado Melissa Blues
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Horseshoe Mt., Park Co., CO
8 July 2016


Below are Montana Melissa Blues
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) #6454
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
18 May 2015

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) #6603
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
18 May 2015

#3842
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Sheep Camp Draw, Missoula Co., MT
25 May 2016

#3842
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Bitterroot River Floodplain, Missoula Co., MT
26 May 2016

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) #7742
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
29 May 2014

#1389
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
10 June 2015

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
25 June 2014
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
3 June 2014

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
30 June 2015

#4772
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Arrow Creek Breaks,Fergus Co., MT
8 June 2016
#4393
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
4 June 2016

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2015
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Davis Creek, Missoula Co., MT
1 July 2015

#3467
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 Sep 2014

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) #3448
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 Aug 2014

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) #5399
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
13 Sep 2013

Individuals like this are difficult to ID to species. The amount of orange in the dorsal forewing is somewhat in between typical for Melissa and Northern, so this could be a late Northern Blue.


Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2013
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2013

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
19 July 2013
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
22 August 2015

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
22 August 2015

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)"> Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Morrell Lookout, Powell Co., MT
14 July 2015

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
4 Sep 2013

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
13 Sep 2013

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
MPG North, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
25 May 2014

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
25 May 2014

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa), mated pair
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
2 June 2014

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
2 June 2014
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
1 June 2014

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) #8218
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
2 June 2014
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) #8218
Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
2 June 2014

Same individual. This illustrates how angle and lighting can affect perceived color.




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