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Aricia icarioides

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Aricia
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Lycaenidae
Scientific name  Aricia icarioides
Aricia icarioides Mission Blue butterfly Aricia icarioides missionensis animals
Lower classifications  Fender's blue butterfly, Mission blue butterfly

Aricia icarioides, or Boisduval's blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family found in North America.

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Aricia icarioides has been classified in at least four different genera since it was named by Jean Baptiste Boisduval in 1852. It started out in Lycaena, was transferred to Icaricia by Nabokov (Hodges et al., 1983), moved to Aricia by Bálint and Johnson (1997), merged with some other genera in the supergenus Plebejus by Gorbunov (2001), which was accepted by Opler & Warren (2003), however, Lamas (2004) among others use Aricia. Synonymy, subgenera, and subspecies vary considerably depending on the author.

Aricia icarioides Butterflies of North America Icaricia icarioides

Their range extends throughout the western US and Canada from southern Saskatchewan to British Columbia.

Larvae feed on species of lupines (Lupinus).

Wingspan: 21 to 32 mm.

Similar species

  • Greenish blue (Aricia saepiolus)
  • Silvery blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
  • Subspecies

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  • Aricia icarioides icarioides
  • Aricia icarioides fenderi – Fender's blue
  • Aricia icarioides missionensis – Mission blue
  • Aricia icarioides moroensis
  • Aricia icarioides pardalis
  • Aricia icarioides pheres
  • Aricia icarioides ardea
  • Aricia icarioides lycea
  • Aricia icarioides buchholzi
  • Aricia icarioides pembina
  • Aricia icarioides blackmorei
  • Aricia icarioides montis
  • Aricia icarioides atascadero
  • Aricia icarioides santana
  • Aricia icarioides eosierra
  • Aricia icarioides argusmontana
  • Aricia icarioides panamintina

  • Aricia icarioides FileIcaricia icarioides missionensis 1jpg Wikimedia Commons
    Aricia icarioides FileIcaricia icarioides missionensis 4jpg Wikimedia Commons

    References

    Aricia icarioides Wikipedia


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