Melissa's Blue (Lycaeides melissa)

Metolius River, Oregon Cascades.



Metolius River, Oregon Cascades.



Crooked River near Prineville. Mating pair.



Crooked River near Prineville.



Similar species. Northern and Anna's Blue also have orange bits on both forewing and hindwing but weaker. Also, they prefer cool highlands whereas Melissa's is found in hot, lowlands.

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