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Edward's Blue

Hemiargus ceraunus gyas

Photo © by Mike Plagens

This butterfly was photographed along Camp Creek east of Carefree, Arizona. Sept. 2008.

Lycaenidae -- Gossamer-winged Butterfly Family

Edward's Blue has a wingspan of roughly 19 mm.  The small slug-like caterpillar feeds upon the leaves of catclaw, mesquite and other members of the bean family. They are commonly found in the Sonoran Desert particularily along washes and in canyons.

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