AKA Summit Blue
Size: Up to 1.0 inch wingspan
Key ID features: Small. Male blue above with narrow dark wing borders, little or no orange along trailing edge of HW. Female dark brown above with prominent orange zigzag along trailing margin. Both sexes have checked fringe on FW. Below bluish-gray with bold black spots, larger on FW, and broad orange submarginal line on HW.
Similar species: Best told from other Euphilotes blues by host-plant association, location and flight period.
Host plant: Eriogonum umbellatum (Sulphur-flower buckwheat).
Habitat: Well-drained sites where host plant grows, including high plateaus, ridges and roadsides.
Range: SE Oregon west of Cascades Range and in southern Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties.
Season: Early May to mid-August
Conservation Status: Secure