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Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2022 22:27:39 -0700
From: mcallisters4 <mcallisters4...>
Subject: [NorWestLeps] Help identifying a blue from June 2019, Olympia Airport

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I was using inaturalist to explore locations where Silvery Blues and Boisdu=
val=E2=80=99s Blues had been reported in prairies of south Puget Sound. I l=
ooked at the photo linked below and saw that it had initially been identifi=
ed as a Boisduval=E2=80=99s Blue (ssp.blackmorei). I didn=E2=80=99t think i=
t was a Boisduval=E2=80=99s Blue and thought it was an Echo Azure. Stewart =
Wechsler pointed out reasons why he didn=E2=80=99t believe it to be an Echo=
Azure and I think Stewart is right. Noting Bob Pyles=E2=80=99 words from y=
esterday, =E2=80=9CIf you see ANY maculation distal from the mesial band of=
spots, it is Icaricia.=E2=80=9D I believe Stewart Wechsler was probably ri=
ght in his initial identification of this butterfly as Icaricia. I=E2=80=99=
d appreciate feedback on this one. I remember seeing many blues that looked=
like this one, puddling near Johnson=E2=80=99s Prairie on Joint Base Lewis=
-McChord, many years ago. The ventral hind wing spots have poorly defined (=
not very white) halos and the dark centers are quite large relative to the =
light halos. I was totally confused by the ones near Johnson=E2=80=99s Prai=
rie. It will be nice, for me, to settle this so I=E2=80=99ll know what I=E2=
=80=99m looking at next time.=20

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explore locations where Silvery Blues and Boisduval=E2=80=99s Blues had bee=
n reported in prairies of south Puget Sound. I looked at the photo linked b=
elow and saw that it had initially been identified as a Boisduval=E2=80=99s=
Blue (ssp.blackmorei). I didn=E2=80=99t think it was a Boisduval=E2=80=99s=
Blue and thought it was an Echo Azure. Stewart Wechsler pointed out reason=
s why he didn=E2=80=99t believe it to be an Echo Azure and I think Stewart =
is right. Noting Bob Pyles=E2=80=99 words from yesterday, =E2=80=9CIf you s=
ee ANY maculation distal from the mesial band of spots, it is <em><span sty=
le=3D'font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif'>Icaricia</span></em>.=E2=80=9D I be=
lieve Stewart Wechsler was probably right in his initial identification of =
this butterfly as Icaricia. I=E2=80=99d appreciate feedback on this one. I =
remember seeing many blues that looked like this one, puddling near Johnson=
=E2=80=99s Prairie on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, many years ago. The ventral=
hind wing spots have poorly defined (not very white) halos and the dark ce=
nters are quite large relative to the light halos. I was totally confused b=
y the ones near Johnson=E2=80=99s Prairie. It will be nice, for me, to sett=
le this so I=E2=80=99ll know what I=E2=80=99m looking at next time. <o:p></=
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