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The story of Celastrina (azures) in North America has been a long and confusing one. What we all know as Echo Azure (Celastrina echo) has only been recognized as such for around 20 years. The status of Lucia Azures (C. lucia) has been even more uncertain and only began to be applied to our heavily-marked central Washington azure colonies between 2001-2005. Their distance from the normal range of Lucia across Canada has continued to be a puzzle. The discovery of another colony near Ellensburg this spring set in motion a series of events that led us to finally solving the puzzle, although there are still some questions to answer in the coming years, which all of you can help with! Caitlin will review the history of Celastrina and walk us through the exciting chain of events over this past season. It was truly a team effort!
Pacific Northwest native Caitlin LaBar was born with a fascination for insects, which has developed into an interest in studying the habitats and life histories of butterflies and moths. A GIS analyst by training and a conservationist by nature, she enjoys photographing and collecting butterflies and working on various butterfly projects. She is a member of the Lepidopterists’ Society and lives in southwest Washington. Caitlin has self-published two books, Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Washington and Butterflies of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, and co-authored Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest with Robert Michael Pyle.
Caitlin earned a B.A. in Geography from Central Washington University and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Washington State University-Vancouver.
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