Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
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Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

General: Western Pygmy-Blues (Brephidium exilis) are tiny, sexually dimorphic butterflies. Males are smaller and darker than females. Upperside of wings coppery with dark blue at the base; margin with a dark and a light band. Underside of wings white at the base and copper towards the edge. Hindwing with small black spots near the base and a row of four larger black spots with white centers near the margin.

This species can be quite common.

Taxonomy: Family: Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Lycaenidae); Subfamily: Blues (Polyommatinae).

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Distribution: Occurs throughout western North America and south to northern South America.

Comments: Wing span only up to 3/4 inches.

Link to this species at Butterflies and Moths of North America.

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis) Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis) Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis) Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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