|C. n. neglecta, Ottawa, Ontario|
(W.H. Edwards, 1862)
The upper surface is pale blue with an extensive dusting of white scales, especially on the hindwing. In some females the blue is almost entirely replaced by white with a small amount of blue near the wing bases. Females have a broad blackish-grey band on the outer third and costa of the forewing. The underside is chalky white to pale grey with tiny dark grey spots and a zigzagged submarginal line on the hindwing.
Wingspan is 23 to 29 mm (0.91 to 1.1 in).
The Summer Azure occurs across most of eastern and central United States as well as southern Canada from Nova Scotia to southern Saskatchewan. Adults fly from mid-June until early October with two or three generations in the south.
In their monograph on the Lycaenopsis group of Polyommatine genera, Eliot & Kawazoe considered Lycaena neglecta Edwards, 1862, to be a synonym of Lycaena lucia Kirby, 1837, which they listed as subspecies Celastrina argiolus lucia. Thus according specific status to neglecta is of doubtful authenticity.
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- Layberry, Ross. A., Peter Wl. Hall, and J. Donald Lafontaine. The Butterflies of Canada. University of Toronto Press, 1998. Reproduced with permission at Summer Azure, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
- Jim P. Brock and K. Kaufman. Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America, New York, NY:Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
- Eliot, J. N. and Kawazoe, A., 1983. Blue butterflies of the Lycaenopsis group: 1-309, 6 pls. London.
- Summer Azure, Butterflies and Moths of North America
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