New York Natural Heritage Program
Appalachian Azure
Celastrina neglectamajor Opler and Krizek, 1984
Insects
Appalachian Azure Will Cook
Family: Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Elfins (Lycaenidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1S3
A State Rarity Rank of S1S3 means: Critically Imperiled, Imperiled, or Vulnerable in New York -- Conservation status is uncertain, and could range from especially vulnerable to disappearing from New York, to vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
In the 1960s all American azures were considered to be the same species. However, more recent research and collecting uncovered variation in specimens and foodplants determining that they were actually many species. Several common species have only been recognized since the late 1990s and more could be uncovered. New York has at least four species of Azures.

State Ranking Justification [-]
This species has a very limited range in New York and appears to be scarce and local within it. Its habitat is generally threatened by deer and invasive plants, even where protected from development. There is some uncertainty as to the actual number of remaining colonies and more inventory and in some cases better documentation is needed, but there are likely to be between two and 20 populations in the state presently. It is expected that at least a few of these populations would have good prospects for persistence.

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