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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April 21, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States April 22, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 09, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 10, 2014 Details
April 05, 2014 Airedoc Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States April 09, 2014 Details
April 09, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States April 09, 2014 Details
March 30, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States March 30, 2014 Details
May 09, 2013 curtis.lehman Marshall County, West Virginia, United States March 25, 2014 Details
July 18, 2013 curtis.lehman Taylor County, West Virginia, United States March 25, 2014 Details
May 16, 2013 curtis.lehman Brooke County, West Virginia, United States March 25, 2014 Details
September 05, 2012 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
August 30, 2012 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
May 16, 2013 curtis.lehman Hancock County, West Virginia, United States March 15, 2014 Details
July 23, 2013 curtis.lehman (Susan Olcott) Ohio County, West Virginia, United States March 12, 2014 Details
May 02, 2012 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States February 26, 2014 Details
September 28, 2013 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States February 18, 2014 Details
October 06, 2013 COA1955 Morgan County, Colorado, United States February 16, 2014 Details
August 08, 2013 jr.berry Union County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
September 25, 2013 Jenmg012 Ocean County, New Jersey, United States January 17, 2014 Details
August 12, 2013 Dick Ratliff Madison County, Tennessee, United States January 17, 2014 Details
November 07, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 07, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 dandtkienzle Tunica County, Mississippi, United States October 29, 2013 Details
September 26, 2011 Rob7789 Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 27, 2013 Details
September 30, 2013 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States October 19, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 14, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 14, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 14, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States October 13, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 12, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States October 11, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 mudgrub12 Placer County, California, United States October 10, 2013 Details
October 08, 2013 Doug Bruce Haywood County, Tennessee, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 09, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 treichard Tompkins County, New York, United States October 08, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 Doug Bruce Shelby County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2013 Details
October 03, 2013 treichard Juniata County, Pennsylvania, United States October 05, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 treichard York County, Pennsylvania, United States October 04, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 treichard Montgomery County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 juliereid Ontario, Canada October 02, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States October 01, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States September 27, 2013 Details