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Melissa Blue

Lycaeides Melissa
Photo Source: http://www.toledozoo.org/animals/fact-pages/conservation/karner_blue_butterfly/data.html

Habitat:  Melissa Blues can be found in southern Alberta, particularly around the Peace River area.  They enjoy sandy places in prairies and parklands.

Description:  The underside of the Melissa Blue is quite dull with an orange or red band running along the outer edge of the hind wing.  The inside of its wings are a different story, revealing a vibrant blue.

Size:  20-30mm

Diet:  The larva feed on the legumes where ants tend to them

Fun Fact:  The band found along the wings is called an aurora by lepidopterists (a scientist that studies butterflies).

Source:

Acorn, John. Butterflies of Alberta. Edmonton: Lone Pine Publishing, 1993. Print

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