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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March 31, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 14, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 26, 2016 Details
August 10, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada April 26, 2016 Details
August 24, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada April 26, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 stephen stedman Scott County, Tennessee, United States April 25, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Giles County, Tennessee, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 01, 2016 ncrosbyrd Rockdale County, Georgia, United States April 16, 2016 Details
April 14, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 14, 2016 Details
April 12, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 13, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States April 08, 2016 Details
April 04, 2016 noelpenn Shelby County, Tennessee, United States April 05, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Wood County April 05, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States April 03, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 21, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 21, 2016 Details
March 15, 2016 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States March 15, 2016 Details
September 24, 2015 digginflowers Cape May County, New Jersey, United States February 29, 2016 Details
May 02, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
June 28, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
July 08, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
July 12, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 26, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
September 15, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 22, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Putnam County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
May 10, 2015 StaceyWhetstone Tennessee, United States February 19, 2016 Details
June 07, 2015 StaceyWhetstone Knox County, Tennessee, United States February 19, 2016 Details
August 26, 2011 ca_quail Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States February 16, 2016 Details
September 01, 2013 MMarinacci Ogemaw County, Michigan, United States February 07, 2016 Details
August 15, 2015 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States November 04, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 ButterBelle Blount County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 11, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2015 Details
October 04, 2015 cosmic_cat Texas, Marion County, United States October 05, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States October 04, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States October 04, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 rosenthal.k Arlington County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
October 15, 2013 H Hooper Leon County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 26, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States September 26, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 aarongunnar Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
April 02, 2011 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States September 16, 2015 Details
March 17, 2009 Martin and Sara Texas, Liberty County, United States September 16, 2015 Details