Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the Island Blue (Plebejus saepiolus insulanus) in Canada

Greenish Blue insulanus subspecies (Plebejus saepiolus insulanus Blackmore) is a subspecies of the Nearctic butterfly species P. saepiolus (Boisduval), the Greenish Blue, in the family Lycaenidae, which includes the blues, hairstreaks, and coppers. Seven subspecies of P. saepiolus are taxonomically described, two of which occur in British Columbia (B.C.): Greenish Blue insulanus subspecies, and P. saepiolus amica (W.H. Edwards). Greenish Blue insulanus subspecies is endemic to southern Vancouver Island, BC. The amica subspecies occurs from Yukon to Labrador and south through the mountains of California and Arizona (Layberry et al. 1998). It occurs throughout B.C. except on the coast (Guppy and Shepard 2001).

Consultation period: 2008-03-26 to 2008-05-25

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Pippa Shepherd
Parks Canada
300-300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 6B4
Tel: 604-666-7378
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