Glaucopsyche lygdamus

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"Silvery blue" redirects here. For the other butterfly with this common name, see Lepidochrysops glauca.
Silvery blue
Silvery Blue-underside.jpg
G. l. couperi, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Glaucopsyche
Species: G. lygamus
Binomial name
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
(Edward Doubleday, 1841)

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G. l. couperii on tufted vetch (Vicia cracca), Calgary, Alberta, Canada
G. l. palosverdesensis

Glaucopsyche lygdamus, the silvery blue, is a small butterfly native to North America. Its upperside is a light blue in males and a dull grayish blue in females. The underside is gray with a single row of round spots of differing sizes depending upon the region.

G. lygdamus is found over much of the western United States and most of Canada extending north excepting most of Nunavut and the high Arctic islands. Wingspan is from 18 to 28 mm.[1][2]

Similar species[edit]


Listed alphabetically:[3]

  • G. l. afra (W. H. Edwards, 1884) – Afra (silvery) blue
  • G. l. arizonensis McDunnough, 1934 – Arizona silvery blue
  • G. l. australis (F. Grinnell, 1917) – southern (silvery) blue
  • G. l. columbia (Skinner, 1917) – Columbia blue or Skinner's (silvery) blue
  • G. l. couperi Grote, 1873 – Couper's silvery blue
  • G. l. deserticola (Austin & J. Emmel, 1998) – Mojave silvery blue
  • G. l. incognitus Tilden, 1974 – Behr's silvery blue
  • G. l. jacki Stallings & Turner, 1947 – Jack's (silvery) blue
  • G. l. lygdamus (Edward Doubleday, 1841) – (Georgian) silvery blue
  • G. l. mildredae F. Chermock, 1944 – Mildred's silvery blue
  • G. l. minipunctum (Austin, 1998) – mini-spotted silvery blue
  • G. l. nittanyensis (F. Chermock, 1944) – Appalachian silvery blue
  • G. l. oro Scudder, 1876 – oro (silvery) blue
  • G. l. palosverdesensis (E. Perkins & J. Emmel, 1977)Palos Verdes blue
  • G. l. pseudoxerces (Emmel & Emmel, 1998) – false Xerces (silvery) blue
  • G. l. sabulosa (Emmel, Emmel & Mattoon, 1998) – sand dune silvery blue
  • G. l. xerces (Boisduval, 1852)Xerces blue (extinct)

References links[edit]

  1. ^ Jim P. Brock and K. Kaufman. (2003). Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. New York, NY:Houghton Mifflin, p.124.
  2. ^ a b c Silvery Blue, Butterflies of Canada
  3. ^ Glaucopsyche at Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera
  • Darby, Gene (1958). What is a Butterfly. Chicago: Benefic Press. p. 36. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Glaucopsyche lygdamus at Wikimedia Commons