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Melissa Blue
Plebejus melissa

Like Clemence's Blue, Melissa Blue is a species with few recent sightings.  However sites along the Salinas River near King City and San Lucas, from where confirmed records have been verified in museums, are extensive and rarely visited.  Concentrated effort by teams of volunteers at the appropriate season are likely needed to confirm its continued presence.

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Surveys

Survey Results

May 12 2023:  San Lorenzo Park, King City - none seen; Chris Tenney; walked trails north and west of the park; host plant not found

Aug 15 2023:  San Lorenzo Park, King City - none seen; Chris Tenney; walked trails north, near south, and west of the park; host plant not found

Recommended sites

King City area: search between Hwy 101 and Salinas River; access can be difficult, but suggest starting at San Lorenzo City Park

San Lucas areaexact site not known, but try along the river plain

 

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