Leona’s Little Blue butterfly is endemic to Oregon, only found in a small area, roughly six square miles, of pumice fields east of Crater Lake. It is so tiny, with a wingspan of <.75 inches. It is easy to identify, there is nothing else that looks like it.
Leona Land, Klamath County, Oregon
42.87053, -121.84761 W Boundary Road were it crosses Sand Creek. There was a large puddle between the road and the river.
July 8, 2023
- The Leona’s I observed, flew low to the ground and were very quick. It is easy to lose them when they land if you aren’t pretty close and watching carefully.
- They are on the wing from mid June to late July. I think a week earlier, I would have seen more.
- Nectars on spurry buckwheat, which were just about finished. It also nectars on a small fireweed that looks similar. I’m pretty sure that is what it is nectaring on in the last photo.