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 15, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States July 23, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada July 20, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada July 19, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 treichard Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 15, 2014 Details
May 30, 2014 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 digginflowers Cecil County, Maryland, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Johnson County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 KristyBaker Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States July 07, 2014 Details
October 10, 2013 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 05, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 rseidler Howard County, Arkansas, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 J_Bloom4417 Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 12, 2014 kbeza31979 Powhatan County, Virginia, United States June 18, 2014 Details
May 30, 2014 cheins Watonwan County, Minnesota, United States June 13, 2014 Details
June 11, 2012 JReuter Boone County, Missouri, United States June 10, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 South Laurel Laurel County, Kentucky, United States June 07, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 Michelle Noonan Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States June 05, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States June 01, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 31, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States May 31, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States May 31, 2014 Details
May 16, 2014 anaeamark Gadsden County, Florida, United States May 27, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States May 25, 2014 Details
August 22, 2013 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
April 21, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States May 15, 2014 Details
May 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Scott County, Tennessee, United States May 09, 2014 Details
April 28, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 30, 2014 Details
April 28, 2014 Chip Krilowicz Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States April 29, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States April 27, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 Doug Bruce Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States April 27, 2014 Details
April 25, 2014 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States April 26, 2014 Details
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