Royal Blue

DanauSakai danausakai at
Fri Feb 5 22:43:00 EST 1999

I was asked what a Royal Blue butterfly is.  What is its genus species?  What
was it split off from?  Alternate names?

It is not listed as a species in the 1998 4JBC.  My impression is that it is in
the genus Plebejus.  The question was posed to me by someone at Joshua Tree
National Park, so I presume it is found in the deserts of southern California. 
I did not find any reference to it in a quick look at Emmel and Emmel, or
Tilden and Smith.   I do not have a copy of Emmel's book yet, so I can not
check that reference.

Can anyone help?


Walter H. Sakai
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