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Spring Azure Butterfly

Natural History

Spring Azure Butterflies are about 1inch in width. The underside of their wings is off-white to pale blue in color and lacks any strong or distinctive markings or spots. The top of the wings is a bright blue in males and is somewhat duller in females (though this is difficult to photograph since Azures rarely perch with their wings open). The butterfly can be found throughout Arizona (except for the extreme southwest) as well as most other western states.

Host plants for the Spring Azure Butterfly include fern bush, rock spiraea and chokecherry.

Spring Azure Butterflies prefer woodland habitats and can be found flying throughout the year as long as the weather permits. The butterflies feed by sipping nectar from a wide varieties of shrubs and trees.

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