Status:  former rare resident, now extirpated?

Flights:  not known


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:   historical records only; no known sites or recent records


Habitats:  ag lands, disturbed areas, sagebrush, mtn. meadows in pines

Host plants: legumes incl. sweet clover, alfalfa, lupine

Adult food: ?


Conservation: none needed for western pops.; Karner blue (east) is endangered


Remarks: 

  1.   in MCO, check alfalfa fields with sulphurs, whites

  2.   aka Lycaeides melissa

  3.   no recent records of this species in MCO

  4.   male above warmer blue; fem. mostly brown above, orange band wider, below more iridescent

 
 

Melissa blue Plebejus melissa

Life history facts


egg: laid on assorted parts of host plant or on nearby debris

larva: eat young leaves, tended by ants

pupa:

adult:  males patrol for females near host plants

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