Last Saturday I encountered my third butterfly species of the season. I saw four of these tiny Spring Azure butterflies in different locations at Rose Lake State Wildlife Research Area. I had never seen the darker coloration on the edges of the wings of this species in the past. The Spring Azure has three forms of wing patterns: one with slight edge details, the "marginata" form shown here, and another form with the dark edge pattern and darker spots on the rest of the wings. With these photos, I have now seen the first two forms.
Of all the Spring Azure butterflies I have photographed in the past, I never have had one open its wings enough to capture the bright blue on its dorsal wings. Thankfully, one of them spread its wings wide enough for me to snap a couple of shots before it flitted off into the woods. You have to look carefully to see these butterflies as they are about half-an-inch long or the size of the fingernail on an adult's little finger.