Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)

Similar to Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta), but averages much larger and found only in the mountains where its host plant, Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), grows.

Clay Co., NC 5/19/07.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)

There are slight differences in flight style (stronger flight) and color of the top surface of the wings (more intense blue in Appalachian).

Clay Co., NC 5/19/07.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)

They're about the size of a Gray Hairstreak.

Clay Co., NC 5/19/07.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor)

We saw one individual this day that was so large and pale, it gave us a first impression that it might be a West Virginia White.

Clay Co., NC 5/23/05.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) caterpillar

Appalachian Azure caterpillars feed on Black Cohosh flowers/flower buds and are tended by ants. The large, brown late instar caterpillars are quite easy to find by closely inspecting the inflorescences. The pale green earlier instars (at right) are much better camouflaged!

Alleghany Co., NC 7/2/06.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) caterpillar

Another green Appy Azure caterpillar.

Buncombe Co., NC 7/8/06.

Appalachian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) caterpillar

Four brown caterpillars on one inflorescence!

Buncombe Co., NC 7/8/06.

North Carolina Butterflies

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