Shasta Blue

Plebejus shasta

Appearance: Below, the hindwing has a pale orange submarginal band containing metalic spots. Postmedian spots are pale brown or gray, but not black. Above, the male is dull blue; females more brownish blue. Both sexes have cell-end bars.

Size: Small, 1/4- 1 inch.

Habitat: Rocky hilltops and slopes, prairie hills and barren slopes above timberline.

Season: 1 Flight. June to Aug/Sept.

Larval Foodplant: Legumes: milk vetch, locoweed, lupines and clover.

Did You Know…
Most often found in barren windswept ares with low growing vegetation. Adults usually fly close to the ground (Opler) PHOTOS ARE IN PROCESS

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