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Catherine Cr Rd, Wallowa Co, July 8

Boisduval's

Blue

Icaricia icarioides

Size: 1.0 - 1.5 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Male bright blue above with charcoal wing borders. Female brown above with orange-brown highlights on FW, often with blue shading basally and vague or no orange band along trailing margin of HW. Both sexes have dark cell end bars on FW. Male blue-gray below with very small black spots with wide white halos and marginal row of small black triangles. Female below brownish-gray with similar spot pattern. 

Similar species: Separated from Greenish blues by tiny black spots below having broad white halos, and lack of orange edged triangles at anal angle.

Host plant: Many lupine species (Lupinus).  Fender's Blue subspecies uses Kincaid's Lupine (Lupinus oreganus var. kincaidii).

Habitat: Mountain meadows and roadsides, subalpine slopes, always near lupines. ​

Range: All of eastern Oregon, plus central Coast Range, and southern Willamette Valley (ssp. I.i. fenderi).

Season: Late May to early July

Abundance: Common east of Cascade Range, locally common at scattered sites in Willamette Valley.

 

Conservation Status: Fender's Blue listed as Endangered federally.