A picture of Lycaeides melissa samuelis, this subspecies (known as the Karner Blue) is endemic to sand barrens in the Northeast, and Upper Midwest. Despite being protected, it can be quite common in the right habitat.
I guess Polyommatus icarus is a favourite blue and brings back many happy early memories. This year blue females have been quite widespread in Southern England but the browner females are more usual. Don't forget that images of spread blues often darken the actual colour of the blue scales. Here are a few of my images of this nice butterfly.
Thanks indeed jhyatt for showing us a glimpse of your marvelous Lycaenid holdings. Looks as though you've got quite an extensive collection of that family. Bravo ! I have to say that building up a collection like that in Europe is not so hard to believe. However, pulling togather a collection like that here in the U.S. is almost unheard of. Simply stunning for these parts. Out of sheer curiosity did you self collect (percentage-wise) much of your Lycaenid holdings or have you spent many years scouring the 4 corners of the earth to come up with your specimens?