Marine Blue

Leptotes marina
Blues

Appearance: Above, males a light bluish-gray, darker at the base of the wings. Females, brownish with some blue basally. Below, gray-brown bands separated by thin white bands across wings. Two slight iridescent sub-marginal spots at outer angle of hindwing.

Size: Small; 3/4 to 1 inch

Habitat: Scrub lots, gardens, alfalfa fields and disturbed areas

Season: April to October; several broods

Larval Foodplant: Legumes, such as milk vetch, clover and alfalfa

Did You Know…
This species emigrates northward each year, sometimes as far as the north-central plains states and southern Oregon.

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