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Acmon blue

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Lycaenidae
Scientific name  Plebejus acmon
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Plebejus
Rank  Species
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Similar  Western tailed‑blue, Phyciodes mylitta, West Coast lady, Aricia icarioides, Papilio eurymedon

Acmon blue butterfly ovipositing on buckwheat

Plebejus acmon, the Acmon blue, is a North American butterfly. It ranges mainly in California but can be seen north to Oregon and south through Baja California. The tops of the wings are blue with dark edges in males and brown in females. Its underside is white with black spots for both sexes with a red-orange band on the hindwing. Adults feed on nectar while caterpillars can feed on buckwheats, lupines, trefoils, and milkvetches.

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Like many other lycaenid butterflies, it has a mutualistic relationship with ants, who protect Acmon blue larvae in exchange for honeydew that the larvae secretions.

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