Ceraunus Blue and Cassius Blue butterflies on this page. When their wings are closed these butterflies are about the size of your thumbnail (or smaller if you have big thumbs). At the bottom of the page is a gray hairstreak which is a slightly larger butterfly with somewhat similar coloring.
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The Ceraunus Blue butterfly has a large spot on the edge of its wing that is bluish in color and has an orange ring around it.
[The butterfly is perched on a blade of grass with its white legs. Its wings are folded up showing a pattern of light and dark spots and white vee marks on a tan background. There is a (relatively) large black spot with a light blue speck at the top of it and an orange ring around it.]

The orange-ringed dark spot identifies this as a Ceraunus Blue butterfly perched on a fogfruit flower.
[The butterfly is perched on a small flower with a purple center and tiny flowers around the edge of the purple. This image isn't as close as the prior one so the dark spot is a little less apparent than in the previous photo.]

From the back with its wings folded up this Ceraunus Blue butterfly is barely noticeable on the fogfruit flower.
[The butterfly is perched in the middle of the flower with tiny flowers on either side of it. The butterfly looks like a small this wedge of grey paper.]

This is what Ceraunus Blue butterfly wings look like on the inside.
[The butterfly is perched on a fogfruit flower and has its wings open such that one wing is completely visible while the other is a straight-on view and thus only appears as a sliver. The wings are very blue with grey edging and a black dot which is the reverse side of the dark spot on the other side of the wing.]

This Ceraunus Blue butterfly has a chunk of upper wing missing on the left.
[The butterfly is perched on greenery with its wings fully open. The wings are a silvery-blue with grey edging except for the area on the upper right wing (left side of image) for which it appears something took a bit of it and its missing.]

However, its wings are translucent so the outside markings can be seen on the inside when the light hits the wings from the side.
[The butterfly is perched on a leaf with its wings in a vee above the body. The outside of the near wing and the inside of the far wing are visible. Rather than being a solid color, the inside of the wing appears to have white dashes on it.]

This is a zoomed out view of the prior image to give a sense of just how small this butterfly is.
It is the splotch of blue on the right side of the sycamore leaf. [The butterfly is only about one tenth the size (or less) of the dried leaf sitting in the grass.]

These two are end to end working on creating new little butterflies.
[Two butterflies on the end of the stem of a sycamore leaf have their back ends touching while their heads are at opposite ends of the coupling. The setting sun lights the edges of their wings to a blinding white.]

This is a Cassius Blue butterfly. It has two dark spots at the edge of its wings.
[The butterfly is perched on a fogfruit flower and has its wings folded. It is similar in color and pattern to the Ceranus Blue except there are two dark spots and there is slightly less pattern marks on the wings.]

A straight-on view of a Cassius Blue butterfly.
[The butterfly is perched on a fogfruit flower and its antenna are flopped forward partially hiding its eyes. Its little white legs stick out of from under the thin sliver of the wings. ]

Gray Hairstreak butterfly with its distinctive 'tails' visible in both images.
[Two images spliced together of different views of the same butterfly. On the left is a right-side view while the view on the right is a head on image. This butterfly is mostly gray with two sets of white and black striping. At the rear are two orange sections and two extensions that give the appearance of being tails. The 'tails' are black with white tips. The legs and antennas are black and white stripes. In the head on view, the wings are together above the body and the tips of the 'tails' are two white dots appearing to float in the sky.]

Continue to page 3 of 5 to see the "skippers" and "duskywing" butterflies.

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