The Spring Azure is a species of very small butterflies, that is found in several countries of North America. These butterflies can be seen perching from flower to flower especially from mid-afternoon till dusk. When the wings are open, both the forewings and the hindwings in the male display a bright blue hue, whereas the female has a darker shade of blue, having prominent black margins on the forewings. When closed, both wings look grayish with darker markings.


Spring Azure Butterfly” by David Marvin, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Spring Azure Facts

Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Polyommatinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 3/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Openings and edges of deciduous woods, old fields, wooded freshwater marshes and swamps


Spring Azure Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Flowering Dogwood

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Dogbane
    • Privet
    • New Jersey Tea
    • Blackberry
    • Common Milkweed