New York Natural Heritage Program
Karner Blue
Plebejus melissa samuelis (Nabokov, 1944)
Insects
Kingdom: Animalia

      Phylum: Mandibulates (Mandibulata)

           Class: Insects (Insecta)

                Order: Butterflies, Skippers, and Moths (Lepidoptera)

                     Family: Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Elfins (Lycaenidae)


Synonyms [-]
  • Lycaeides melissa samuelis Nabokov, 1944

Comments on the Classification [-]
Some experts suspect this will prove to be a full species and the number of species in this genus is not well understood. In New York, the Karner Blue is considered a subspecies of the Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) because no published works have revised the taxonomy to elevate this subspecies to species status.