Attributes of Callophrys augustinus

Brown Elfin
Callophrys augustinus (Westwood, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: No tails. Upperside of male gray-brown; female reddish brown. Underside chestnut brown with dark, irregular postmedian line; hindwing darker at base.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Males perch on shrubs in open areas to watch for females. Eggs are laid singly on flower buds of host plants; caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits. Pupation takes place in litter at the base of the host plant; chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight from May-July in the north, March-April in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: In the East, members of the heath family (Ericaceae), including sugar huckleberry (Vaccinium vacillans) and Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum). In the west, many other plants including madrone (Arbutus) and dodder (Cuscuta).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including blueberry, footsteps-of-spring, spicebush, willow, winter cress, and wild plum.
Habitat: Mixed conifer woods, barrens, bogs, sandy coasts, chaparral.
Range: Newfoundland north and west through northern United States and the prairie provinces to Alaska; south in Appalachians to northern Georgia and northern Alabama; south through western mountains to northern Baja California. Does not occur on the plains or in the Midwest.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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June 08, 2016 ncrosbyrd Los Angeles County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 MAKI Plumas County, California, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 diwalks2 San Bernardino County, California, United States June 22, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 John Koerner Los Angeles County, California, United States June 20, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 TPeterson Oscoda County, Michigan, United States June 13, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 John Koerner Los Angeles County, California, United States June 06, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 MAKI Los Angeles County, California, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 02, 2016 Sue Orlowski Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States May 19, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 randimal Kittitas County, Washington, United States May 19, 2016 Details
April 10, 2016 randimal Island County, Washington, United States May 15, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 jim.odonater Tillamook County, Oregon, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 jim.odonater Tillamook County, Oregon, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 sharper British Columbia, Canada May 13, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada May 13, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 ntb1951 James City County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 22, 2016 Saturn Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States April 24, 2016 Details
April 20, 2016 PDunwiddie Thurston County, Washington, United States April 21, 2016 Details
May 07, 2014 PDunwiddie Thurston County, Washington, United States April 21, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States April 17, 2016 Details
May 03, 2014 M Kuhlman Missoula County, Montana, United States April 05, 2016 Details
April 01, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 03, 2016 Details
May 18, 2015 ritaburkeviau Nova Scotia, Canada April 03, 2016 Details
April 02, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States April 03, 2016 Details
February 18, 2016 MAKI Santa Barbara County, California, United States February 20, 2016 Details
June 13, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States January 18, 2016 Details
June 12, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Clara County, California, United States June 13, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 rebeccafm Los Angeles County, California, United States May 30, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 alchem30 Saskatchewan, Canada May 30, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada May 26, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 dendroica5 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States May 23, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 herobiscuit British Columbia, Canada May 14, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States May 13, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 Robert Gorman Contra Costa County, California, United States May 12, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 PDunwiddie Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States May 07, 2015 Details
May 03, 2015 John Ashley Flathead County, Montana, United States May 05, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States May 03, 2015 Details
April 30, 2010 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States May 01, 2015 Details
April 07, 2015 ajtaen Orange County, California, United States April 09, 2015 Details
April 07, 2015 ajtaen Orange County, California, United States April 09, 2015 Details
June 30, 2014 Josiah Gilbert Monterey County, California, United States January 01, 2015 Details
June 12, 2014 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 28, 2014 Details
March 14, 2014 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 25, 2014 Details
March 18, 2014 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 25, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States November 25, 2014 Details
May 27, 2014 Twotigers British Columbia, Canada August 10, 2014 Details
May 10, 2014 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
May 16, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada June 17, 2014 Details
May 04, 2014 cyric Kent County, Rhode Island, United States June 05, 2014 Details