Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini, Plebejus lupini)

Flies in a variety of habitats and altitudes in western North America. Separating this species from Acmon Blue is very difficult and more research is necessary and underway. There are likely unrecognized species within the currently designated Acmon/Lupine complex. See below for more information. Current field guides show incorrect range maps; Lupine Blue is the widespread taxon, while Acmon is primarily limited to California, Oregon, and Washington. Additionally, authorities disagree as to which genus these taxa should be assigned. NABA places them in the genus Plebejus. Pelham and others now place them in Icaricia.
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 June 2015

Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 June 2015
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 June 2015

#7532
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 June 2015

#7541
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 June 2015

#7583
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 June 2015

#7608
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 June 2015

#7608
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 June 2015

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) Acmon Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
5 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
9 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
9 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
9 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) #2238
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Lemhi Pass, MT
20 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) #2313
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Lemhi Pass, MT
20 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
#2372
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Lemhi Pass, MT
20 July 2014
#2375
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Lemhi Pass, MT
20 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) #0542
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Red Mountain, Lewis & Clark Co., MT
15 July 2015

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
#0505
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Red Mountain, Lewis & Clark Co., MT
15 July 2015
#0474
Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini lutzi)
Red Mountain, Lewis & Clark Co., MT
15 July 2015


Here is what Paul Opler had to say (in 2007) about the identification of the images below: "They all belong to what has been called Plebejus lupini (not lupinus) in recent checklists, but none clearly belongs to that species. I am familiar with the populations at Saddlebag Lake and the east side of the Sierra. I think these are two different species, and only the ones from Eagle Canyon might be tied in with lupini at the species level. For now they are best referred to a members of the polygonoid-obligate group of the acmon complex -- quite a mouthfull, but using Plebejus lupini is not accurate and is mis-leading."
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Male
Saddlebag Lake, Mono Co., CA
17 July 2007
Action shot!
Saddlebag Lake, Mono Co., CA
17 July 2007

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Eagle Meadows west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Just west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007
Just west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007


Below are Colorado Lupine Blues
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Shelf Rd., Teller Co., CO
11 July 2016
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Shelf Rd., Teller Co., CO
11 July 2016

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Royal Gorge, Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016

'Cotundra' Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini cotundra)
Cottonwood Pass, Chaffee Co., CO
13 July 2016

NABA treats this as a high altitude subspecies of Acmon Blue (P. acmon).



Below are Utah Lupine Blues
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Female oviposting on Eriogonum
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Egg under buckwheat leaf
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupinus)
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)
Wasatch Mt. State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014

From left to right:
Ancilla Blue (Euphilotes ancilla), Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini), Northern Blue (Plebejus ?idas? "atrapraetextus" annetta)
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Wasatch Co., UT
14 July 2014


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