Hemiargus isola – Reakirt’s Blue

Caterpillar foods:  many legumes (BAMONA) – it would be interesting to know which species it uses in Wisconsin

This is an infrequent stray to Wisconsin.  Mike Reese says that when they stray this far north, they may lay eggs and start a small colony, but then not survive the winter.  I’ve only found this butterfly once.  There were a few other sightings in other parts of Wisconsin at the same time.

I found this female resting on small plants at the edge of our driveway, near the garage.  Later I think she was laying eggs on a Leadplant next to the cliff.

7/8/2012

 

7/8/2012

 

7/8/2012

 

7/8/2012

 

7/9/2012  The same butterfly, the following day