Celastrina neglecta, Little Yellowstone Park, Barnes County, North Dakota, 12 July
Celastrina neglecta, Little Yellowstone Park, Barnes County, North Dakota, 28 June
Celastrina neglecta, W. H. Edwards, 1862
The family Lycaenidae is a large and varied worldwide group that has 4,000 to 6,000
species depending on the ever-changing taxonomic flux. They are collectively called
Gossamer Butterflies or Gossamer Wings. The family is further divided into eight
subfamilies. The first is the Theclinae which includes the Hairstreaks, Sunstreaks,
Elfins and others. The second is the Polyommatinae which includes the Blues, Azures,
Arguses, Caeruleans and others. The third subfamily is the Lycaeninae which includes
the Coppers, Sapphires, Silverlines and others. The forth is the Poritiinae which
includes the gems. The fifth is the Miletinae which includes the Brownies, Harvesters,
Darkies, Apeflies and others. The sixth is the Curetinae which includes the Sunbeams.
The seventh family is the Lipteninae which includes about 500 tropical rainforest
gossamer wings. The eighth and final subfamily is the Liphyrinae and includes the
Celastrina neglecta belongs to the subfamily Polyommatinae. This butterfly’s range
is the eastern half of the U.S. and southeastern Canada It is found in openings
and edges of deciduous woods, old fields and gardens.
The larval food sources includes flowers of a variety of woody shrubs and occasionally
herbs including dogwood (Cornus florida) and New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americana).
Caterpillars eat flowers and Chrysalids overwinter until flower late spring or summer.
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