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North American Ecology (US and Canada)Resident in central/Northern North America with several discontinuous populations in California and elsewhere, and across Eastern North America in a strip along the US/Canadian border (Scott 1986). Habitats are Upper Sonoran to Canadian (sometimes Alpine) zone clearings, shrubland and prairie. Host plants are usually herbaceous or shrubs with known hosts from many species in one family, Leguminosae. Eggs are laid on the host plant singly, on or near the host. Individuals thought to overwinter as eggs. There are several flights each year with the approximate flight time May1- early Sept. in the northern part of the range and April1-Oct31 in the southern part of their range (Scott 1986). Considered synonymous with Plebejus melissa by some (Scott 1986).