Summer Azures part 2

It seems like a long time since the last posting about Summer Azures. Today there were multiple females ovipositing (laying eggs) on the Silky Dogwood in the open area near the pond. This is just one of a number of plants that they will use as host plants including other shrubby dogwoods. They lay their eggs on the unopened floral buds.

Summer Azure ovipositing on Silky Dogwood
Summer Azure ovipositing on Silky Dogwood

I think in my earlier posting I referred to them as bivoltine or, having two broods, but they are actually multivoltine and have 3 or even 4 broods.  The below picture shows why this is a female, that being the black forewing border on the top of the wing and the submarginal spots on the top of the hindwing. Of course, if they are laying eggs like in the top picture, you don’t need to see that!

Summer Azure on Silky Dogwood.jpg
female Summer Azure
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