Sunday, September 8, 2013

Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly

The Eastern-Tailed Blue butterfly (Cupido comyntas) gets its name from the tiny tail-like tufts on its lower wings near the big orange spots.  While its ventral wings are grey, its dorsal wings are blue when open. These extremely small butterflies only have a wingspan of three-quarters of an inch, so they often go unnoticed unless you intend to look for them.  When they close their wings, as pictured above, they are about the size of pinkie fingernail on an adult - not very big at all.

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