Aricia saepiolus

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"Greenish blue" redirects here. For the color, see cyan.
Greenish blue
Plebejus saepiolus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aricia
Species: A. saepiolus
Binomial name
Aricia saepiolus
(Boisduval, 1852)
  • Lycaena saepiolus Boisduval, 1852
  • Plebejus saepiolus
  • Cupido saepiolus Dyar, 1903

Aricia saepiolus, the greenish blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found from the northwestern United States to southern Saskatchewan and Alberta.[1]

The wingspan is 21–28 mm. Adults are on wing from June to August.[1]

The larvae feed on Trifolium repens, Trifolium hybridum, Trifolium monathum, Trifolium longipes, and Trifolium wormskioldii.[1][2]


  • A. s. hilda (J. & R. Grinnel, 1907)
  • A. s. insulanus (Blackmore, 1919)
  • A. s. amica Edwards, 1863
  • A. s. gertschi (dos Passos, 1938)
  • A. s. whitmeri (Brown, 1951)
  • A. s. aureolus Emmel & Mattoon, 1998


  1. ^ a b c Greenish Blue, Butterflies of Canada
  2. ^ Aricia,

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