The Appalachian Azure is found throughout the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. The male is light blue on the upperwing with a narrow, dark line running along the edge of the forewing. The underwing is chalky white and is dotted with small, pale dark spots. The very back of the hindwing has a row of dark spots running along the edge and contained by a faint zigzagging band.


Appalachian Azure” by Pondhawk, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)


Appalachian Azure Facts

Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Polyommatinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Rich, deciduous woods, especially near streams


Appalachian Azure Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Black Cohosh

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers