Friday, August 9, 2013

Tiny Butterfly

One of the tiniest butterflies you can see in Michigan is the Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta).  Butterfly experts still debate whether the Summer Azure and the Spring Azure are separate species or two different subspecies.  The Spring Azure is often one of the very first butterflies you will encounter in the early spring.  The two species do have slightly different coloring on the upper side of their wings, but most people never get the chance to see them as they keep their wings firmly closed when they perch.  I have tried for several years to find an Azure with its wings open to photograph the bright blue on its upper wings.  These butterflies have a wingspan of no more than one inch but most do not exceed three-quarters-of-an-inch.  Being so small, most go unnoticed by people that are not intentionally looking for them.

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