Attributes of Cupido comyntas

Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cupido comyntas (Godart, [1824])

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: One narrow tail on hindwing. Upperside of male iridescent blue; summer females uniformly brown, spring females smaller with much blue at the wing bases. Underside of hindwing pale gray with black bar at end of cell, distinct black spots, and three large orange spots at outer margin near tail.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Males patrol near the host plants during daylight hours. Females lay eggs on flower buds; caterpillars eat buds, flowers, and seeds. The caterpillar hibernates, pupating the following spring. Although most Lycaenids do not perch with open wings, Eastern Tailed-Blues sometimes bask with their wings at a 45 angle.
Flight: Three broods from April-November in the north, many broods from February-November in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: Many plants in the pea family including yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), alfalfa (Medicago sativa); various species of vetch (Vicia), clover (Trifolium), wild pea (Lathyrus), and bush clover (Lespedeza); and others.
Adult Food: This butterfly has a low flight and a short proboscis, thus is found at flowers close to the ground which are open or short-tubed. These include white sweet clover, shepherd's needle, wild strawberry, winter cress, cinquefoils, asters, and others.
Habitat: Many open, sunny places including weedy areas and disturbed habitats.
Range: Southeast Canada and Eastern United States west to western North Dakota, central Colorado, and central Texas. Also ranges from southeastern Arizona, western New Mexico, and west Texas south to Costa Rica.
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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July 27, 2016 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States July 29, 2016 Details
October 06, 2014 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County July 29, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 18, 2016 Ron Smith Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 Ron Smith Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 Ron Smith Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada July 27, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 25, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 digginflowers Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 23, 2016 Details
June 30, 2016 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 23, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 digginflowers Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 davidboon Macomb County, Michigan, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 agathman St Francois County, Missouri, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada July 12, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 stephen stedman Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
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June 29, 2016 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 04, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, Rusk County, United States July 02, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States July 02, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2016 Details
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June 19, 2016 duebici Anderson County, South Carolina, United States June 23, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 23, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 GrannyIndianaVT Vigo County, Indiana, United States June 23, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States June 17, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
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June 04, 2016 billwx Noble County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
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March 26, 2016 GCSnelling Craighead County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2016 Details