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Spring Azure Butterfly - Celastrina ladon

The Spring Azure Butterfly is feeding on nectar from Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon. The Spring Azure has flights from early in the Spring well into Summer. Caterpillars are fond of Ceanothus, Chinese Houses, and Laurel Sumac. Adults eat nectar from a wide variety of sources including Ceanothus and the Buckwheats, Milkweeds and plants in the pea family. Spring Azure Butterflies can often be found clustered around puddles.

Spring Azure, Celastrina ladon

Spring Azure Butterfly - sipping nectar from Narrow Leaf Milkweed flowers. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Spring Azure, Celastrina ladon

Spring Azure Butterfly - sipping nectar from Ceanothus flowers. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Host Plants for the Spring Azure Butterfly
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Apocynum cannibinum
Asclepias californica
Asclepias cordifolia
Asclepias curassavica Silky Gold
Asclepias eriocarpa
Asclepias erosa
Asclepias fascicularis
Asclepias linaria
Asclepias speciosa
Asclepias subulata
Asclepias tuberosa
Calliandra californica
Calliandra eriophylla
Calliandra haematocephala
Calliandra haematocephala alba
Calliandra tweedii
Ceanothus Anchor Bay
Ceanothus Centennial
Ceanothus Concha
Ceanothus crassifolius
Ceanothus cyaneus Gentian Plume
Ceanothus Dark Star
Ceanothus Frosty Dawn
Ceanothus greggii
Ceanothus hearstiorum
Ceanothus Joan Mirov
Ceanothus Joyce Coulter
Ceanothus megacarpus
Ceanothus oliganthus soriedatus
Ceanothus Point Sierra
Ceanothus Ray Hartman
Ceanothus Sierra Snow
Ceanothus Snowball
Ceanothus Snow Flurry
Ceanothus spinosus * Greenbark Ceanothus, Redheart California Lilac
Ceanothus Tassajara Blue
Ceanothus Valley Violet
Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon
Ceanothus Yankee Point
Collinsia heterophylla
Collinsia tinctora
Cornus nuttallii
Cornus sericea
Cornus stolonifera
Encelia californica
Encelia californica El Dorado * El Dorado Brittle Bush
Encelia californica Paleo Yellow
Encelia farinosa
Encelia ventorum
Ericameria nausiosa
Eriogonum arborescens
Eriogonum cinereum
Eriogonum crocatum
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Eriogonum giganteum
Eriogunum grande rubescens
Eriogonum incanum
Eriogonum umbellatum
Leonotis menthifolia
Lepechinia calycina * White Pitcher Sage, California Pitcher Sage, Woodbalm
Lathyrus sativus azureus * Electric Blue Sweet Pea
Lepechinia fragrans El Tigre * Island Pitcher Sage
Lepechinia hastata * Mexican Pitcher Sage
Lepechinia salviae * Chilean Pitcher Sage
Lotus crassifolius otayensis
Lotus scoparius
Malosma laurina
Sidalcea malviflora
Tetraneuris acaulis * Angelita Daisy, Stemless Four Nerve Daisy
Trifolium wildenovii * Tomcat Clover
Vaccinium