Lupine Blue
Plebejus lupini lutzi
Female Eclosure

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Female emerged from pupa and climbed a stem to inflate wings

Inflating Wings


Inflating Wings

Inflating Wings

Inflating Wings

Drying Wings

Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
Photos of  female eclosure -  reared from the females located by Todd Stout  July 12, 2008, .4 miles SW  Bountiful Peak, west side of Wasatch Mountains, Davis County, Utah
elevation 8900 feet

Oviposited August 15, 2008 and hatched in about  five days.

First Instar emerged  July 20, 2008 ( 9 days as  first instar)
Molted to Second Instar  July 29, 2008 ( 2-3 days as second instar)
Molted to Third Instar  July 31, 2008 (3-4 days as third instar)
Molted to Fourth Instar August 3-4, 2008 -
New fourth instars were about  1/2" long
(3-4 days as fourth instar)
Walked off plant and went to prepupae  August 7, 2008 changed from blue-green to yellow (2 days as prepupae)-
Formed Pupae August 9-11, 2008 (~8 days as pupae)
Adult emerged after about  8 days.

For photos of host plant, click on

Parsnipflower Buckwheat, Eriogonum heracleoides

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