Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

Generally common throughout NC, this is the palest of the azures.

Apparently over the several years, the spring brood of Summer Azures has been increasing while Spring Azures have been declining. According to Harry Pavulaan, in many areas of NC, it now appears that Summer Azures are outnumbering/displacing Spring Azures.


Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Spring brood of Summer Azure. Note the whitish underside with bold black spots and very white hindwing margin.
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Orange Co, NC
29 Mar 05
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Orange Co, NC
29 Mar 05

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta), males
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta), females
Clay Co., NC
14 May 2005 (left)
21 May 2005 (right)

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta), Female
Clay Co., NC
13 May 2006
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta), Female
Clay Co., NC
13 May 2006

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Durham Co., NC
2 July 2005
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Durham Co., NC
2 July 2005

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Unusually lightly marked

Orange Co, NC
20 May 04
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Orange Co, NC
20 May 04

Note the dorsal color of the roadkilled victim.


Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Caldwell Co, NC
28 June 2003.

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
St Clair Co., MI
8 July 2003
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Buncombe Co., NC
26 July 2004

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) These two individuals are females from the season's second brood. The right-hand butterfly is more worn than the left.
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Person Co., NC
13 June 2006
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Person Co., NC
13 June 2006

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta), Female
Swain Co., NC
12 July 2011

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Clay Co., NC
19 May 2007
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Orange Co., NC
5 May 2017

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Clay Co., NC
19 May 2007
Although the lighting and angles are less than ideal, we observed in the field that the left-hand 2 azures were significantly larger than the right-hand azure.

The right-hand azure appeared to be "typical" size for Summer Azure, leading us to speculate whether the larger individuals represented a large range of individual size variation for C. neglecta or whether these could be very late emerging male C. neglectamajor (Appalachian Azure), or whether they could be yet another unnamed species.
Buncombe Co, NC
26 June 04

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Currituck Co., NC
17 June 2014
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)
Currituck Co., NC
17 June 2014

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