Western Spring Azure


It has become a spring tradition to try to get a shot of the Western Spring Azure in flight. The blue colour is only apparent when the butterfly’s wings are open, and generally that is when it is flying. But, the butterfly is small (about 29 mm wingspan) and it is a fast flier, making such a shot difficult. Most years I fail. ¬†

When resting, the spring azure folds its wings to show a mottled grey camouflage on the underside.

Only rarely when it is resting will it open its wings to reveal the colour.

Typically, one only sees the colour as a tiny patch of blue shoots past.

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3 Responses to Western Spring Azure

  1. Lorna Surina says:

    Good job Alistair, great detail. I’ve spent many sunny minutes camera poised to get a photograph of these little guys. They’re so lovely.

  2. Trevor Goward says:

    Splendid! Is this Celastrina ladon? Up this way, that is the only blue we see at this time of year. And a wonderful sight it is too.

    • Alistair says:

      Trevor, yes the Celastrina ladon, but apparently we have the echo, and you have the lucia subspecies. Down here in the deep south of BC we also get bluebirds and blue skies (chuckle). I managed to get another Spring Azure in flight two days ago as it approached some lilac buds.

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