Attributes of Callophrys polios

Hoary Elfin
Callophrys polios (Cook & Watson, 1907)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: No tails. Upperside is orangish brown; underside brown. Forewing with outer margin of "frosted" white; irregular postmedian line is white. Outer half of hindwing is "frosted" light gray.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Males perch on plants in sunny clearings and low spots to look for females. Eggs are laid singly on leaf buds or flower pedicels. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight from April-June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) in the heath family (Ericaceae); probably trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including leatherleaf, pyxie, wild strawberry, and willow.
Habitat: Open sunny glades in barrens, rocky ridges, dunes, forest edges, adjacent to bogs.
Range: Very local distribution. Maine south to New Jersey, south in Appalachians to Virginia; west across Great Lakes states and southern prairie provinces; north to Alaska. Along Pacific Coast to northern California; south in Rocky Mountains to northern New Mexico.
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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May 23, 2014 Carl Freeman Benzie County, Michigan, United States August 11, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 davidelwonger@msn.com Teller County, Colorado, United States June 22, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 plex1ppus Lincoln County, Washington, United States May 27, 2014 Details
May 13, 2008 Steven Daniel Jefferson County, New York, United States May 27, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 randimal Thurston County, Washington, United States May 22, 2014 Details
May 17, 2014 plex1ppus Missoula County, Montana, United States May 19, 2014 Details
May 10, 2014 Sue Orlowski Stevens County, Washington, United States May 15, 2014 Details
May 15, 2014 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States May 15, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States May 03, 2014 Details
April 27, 2014 Chip Krilowicz Ocean County, New Jersey, United States April 29, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 martytdx Ocean County, New Jersey, United States April 27, 2014 Details
May 02, 2013 PDunwiddie Thurston County, Washington, United States May 04, 2013 Details
May 01, 2013 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States May 03, 2013 Details
April 25, 2013 Jeanne Dammarell Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States April 30, 2013 Details
April 21, 2012 Greg Dysart Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States November 06, 2012 Details
May 07, 2011 Chip Krilowicz Ocean County, New Jersey, United States June 11, 2012 Details
May 28, 2012 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States May 31, 2012 Details
May 12, 2012 plex1ppus Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States May 14, 2012 Details
May 07, 2012 Jeanne Dammarell Stevens County, Washington, United States May 09, 2012 Details
May 11, 1999 legacy.reporter (Alison Robb) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 17, 1997 legacy.reporter (Brian Cassie) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 09, 1999 legacy.reporter (Alison Robb+Tor Hansen) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 27, 1995 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 21, 1995 legacy.reporter (Brian Malcolm) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 04, 1994 legacy.reporter (Tor Hansen) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 15, 1994 legacy.reporter (Tor Hansen) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 05, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 27, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 17, 1998 legacy.reporter (Tom Dodd+Cathy Dodd+MBC) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 25, 1999 legacy.reporter (Blair Nikula) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 01, 1999 legacy.reporter (Alison Robb+Tor Hansen) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 22, 1992 legacy.reporter (Brian Cassie) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 04, 1995 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 07, 1995 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 01, 1999 legacy.reporter (Alison Rob+Tor Hansen+Jakie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 17, 1998 legacy.reporter (Tom Dodd+Cathy Dodd+MBC) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 22, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 12, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 19, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 06, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 22, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 15, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 15, 1999 legacy.reporter (Allan Keith) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 12, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 13, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 21, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 14, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 19, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 04, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 21, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details