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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Celastrina
Higher classification  Celastrina
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Lycaenidae
Scientific name  Celastrina argiolus
Rank  Species
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Similar  Celastrina, Butterfly, Lycaena phlaeas, Common blue, Butterflies and moths

Holly blue butterfly celastrina argiolus females

The holly blue (Celastrina argiolus) is a butterfly that belongs to the lycaenids or blues family and is native to Eurasia and North America.


Holly blue Holly blue Celastrina argiolus

The holly blue has pale silver-blue wings spotted with pale ivory dots. In Europe, the first generation feeds mainly on the holly species Ilex aquifolium but the second generation uses a range of food plants.

Holly blue Celastrina argiolus on euroButterflies by Matt Rowlings

Holly blue butterflies closing in


Holly blue Celastrina argiolus on euroButterflies by Matt Rowlings

This species was originally described as Papilio argiolus by Linnaeus in 1758, and refers to the examples flying in Europe. In their monograph on the Lycaenopsis group of polyommatine genera, Eliot & Kawazoe, 1983, list 14 taxa as valid subspecies names, plus many further synonyms to which they accord lesser status. According to Eliot & Kawazoe, 1983, these 14 subspecies are divided into four groups as follows:

Common names

Holly blue Echo Blue Butterfly Celastrina argiolus

In India, C. argiolus is known as the hill hedge blue. In North America, the ladon group of subspecies are known as the spring azure. Also the name echo blue is used for the C. a. echo western subspecies.


Holly blue FileCelastrina argiolus 2lozjpg Wikimedia Commons

Found in North America, Central America, Eurasia. and South Asia, it occurs from Chitral in Pakistan to Kumaon in India.

Holly blue Echo Blue Butterfly Celastrina argiolus


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