Updated June 2008.
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. It occurs throughout B.C. except on the coast). The most recent records of Greenish Blue insulanus subspecies are from Mount Malahat (1979), Mount Arrowsmith (1962, 1963), and Mount Finlayson (1960). Although the subspecies has not been recorded since 1979, surveys of potential habitat are incomplete and unconfirmed sightings are periodically reported. No extant population is known at this time.
Garry Oak Invertebrates Recovery Implementation Group. 2007. Recovery Strategy for Greenish Blue, insulanus subspecies (Plebejus saepiolus Insulanus) in B.C.. Ministry of Environment. Recovery Plan
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: species recovery, species at risk, sara, cosewic, bc, recovery planning
Scientific Name: Plebejus saepiolus insulanus
English Name: Greenish Blue, Insulanus Subspecies
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