Spring Azure Butterfly

Spring Azure Butterfly at Raccoon Creek State Park

It’s not every day that you encounter a Spring Azure butterfly displaying its dorsal (upper) wings.

It was that productive early morning sun-basking time. The forest is still quite cold on a May 16th night, and the warmth of the sun is needed to get those wings moving fast enough to evade dangers. Once they can fly at full-speed, they are off to nectar and consider other options.

They’re seen on trails, where disturbed ground meets treed habitat. They’re those tiny little ones that fly up as you approach and either advance up trail or zip into nearby vegetation.

As Spring ebbs, they are replaced by the closely related Summer Azures.

Here we again see tiny dainties that fly with intact wings despite the perils all around them. Fascinating, no?

Academically, how much do we know about the population dynamics of Spring Azures, their future or their habitat pressures?

Jeffrey

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