Attributes of Callophrys niphon

Eastern Pine Elfin
Callophrys niphon Hübner, [1819]

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Tailless. Upperside dark brown; female with dark borders. Underside banded with dark brown; hindwing with submarginal gray band outside row of black crescents.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch on tops of pine trees in the sun to find receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on new needles of young trees; caterpillars feed on the needles. Chrysalids hibernate and adults emerge in the spring.
Flight: One flight from March-June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various hard pines including scrub pine (Pinus virginiana) and jack pine (P. banksiana), and the soft white pine (P. strobus).
Adult Food: Nectar of many different flowers including blueberry, cinquefoil, chickweed, common milkweed, and white sweet clover.
Habitat: Areas with small to medium pines such as forest openings and edges, and old fields.
Range: Nova Scotia west to eastern Alberta; south to northern Texas, the Gulf Coast, and northern Florida.
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 11, 2016 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 20, 2016 Details
May 10, 2016 dendroica5 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States May 20, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 Saturn Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States May 04, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada May 02, 2016 Details
March 31, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 14, 2016 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 21, 2016 Saturn Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States April 24, 2016 Details
May 30, 2015 ritaburkeviau Nova Scotia, Canada April 03, 2016 Details
May 04, 2013 richardhsmith (Beth Johnson, Rick Borchelt, and Tom Stock) Frederick County, Maryland, United States March 29, 2016 Details
May 10, 2013 richardhsmith (Kathy Barylski and Denise and Rob Gibbs) Frederick County, Maryland, United States February 18, 2016 Details
April 11, 2015 AJ Trently Decatur County, Tennessee, United States January 01, 2016 Details
May 30, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 22, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Sue Orlowski Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States July 13, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 aarongunnar Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 Doug Bruce Monroe County, Tennessee, United States May 31, 2015 Details
May 20, 2015 juliereid Ontario, Canada May 21, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 juliereid Ontario, Canada May 12, 2015 Details
May 03, 2015 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada May 10, 2015 Details
April 29, 2015 aarongunnar Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, United States May 01, 2015 Details
May 13, 2012 Jake a Bob Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 doris potter Quebec, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States July 02, 2014 Details
May 19, 2014 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 James Fox Gladwin County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 Carmel Mothersill Ontario, Canada June 07, 2014 Details
May 07, 2014 Lauenstein Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States June 05, 2014 Details
May 20, 2014 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States June 05, 2014 Details
May 04, 2014 cyric Washington County, Rhode Island, United States June 05, 2014 Details
April 29, 2013 Michelle Noonan Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States June 05, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States May 26, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 fm5050 Calvert County, Maryland, United States May 15, 2014 Details
April 27, 2014 Chip Krilowicz Ocean County, New Jersey, United States April 29, 2014 Details
May 06, 2000 Jim Eckert Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States February 26, 2014 Details
April 02, 2010 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Brett Budach Ontario, Canada August 19, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Brett Budach Ontario, Canada August 19, 2013 Details
May 29, 2011 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 06, 2013 Details
May 17, 2012 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 04, 2013 Details
May 23, 2012 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 04, 2013 Details
June 14, 2013 Sean Werle Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 03, 2013 Details
May 04, 2013 John Many Wings Frederick County, Maryland, United States May 27, 2013 Details
May 23, 2013 jim8435wisc Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States May 26, 2013 Details
May 06, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States May 21, 2013 Details
May 01, 2013 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States May 10, 2013 Details
April 15, 2013 Doug Bruce Hardin County, Tennessee, United States April 23, 2013 Details
April 06, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States April 13, 2013 Details
April 06, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States April 13, 2013 Details
May 24, 2009 tjantscher St Louis County, Minnesota, United States January 08, 2013 Details
February 26, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Colbert County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details