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The Spring Azure
is a butterfly
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of the Lycaenidae
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family. It is found in North America
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south of the tundra through most of the United States
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except the Texas coast, southern plain and peninsular Florida; south in the mountains to Colombia
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Since the publication of a monograph on the Lycaenopsis
Group of Lycaenid genera in 1983 by Eliot & Kawazoe, ladon
has been considered by some taxon authorities to be a subspecies of Celastrina argiolus
(Linnaeus, 1758). Other authorities still consider C. ladon
and related species C. neglecta
and C. serotina
, to be "full" species.