© 2018-19 by Neil Henning Björklund

Doral View

Sand Cr drainage, Klamath Co, June 25

Leona's Little

Blue

Philotiella leona

Size: Up to 0.75 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Small. Males dusky blue above with darker wing borders. Female dark brown. Below white or off-white with bold black spots, larger on FW, boldly checked fringes on FW.

Similar species: No other similar species in Oregon.

 

Host plant: Eriogonum spergulinum (Spurry buckwheat).

Habitat: Pumice lands east of Crater Lake near host plant. ​

Range: 6 square mile area east of Crater Lake.

Season: Mid-June to late July

Abundance: Uncommon

 

Conservation Status: USFS Sensitive Species. Was proposed to be listed as Endangered under Federal Endangered Species Act, but after a 5-year review, listing was judged to be "not warranted."