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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September 22, 2016 ButterBelle Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 22, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 11, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Anne Wills Mason County, West Virginia, United States September 18, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 crprice Ripley County, Missouri, United States September 17, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 SuperTiger Clarke County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
July 13, 2016 dpgbfly1 Isanti County, Minnesota, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 aarongunnar Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 aarongunnar Green Lake County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 aarongunnar Green Lake County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 aarongunnar Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Doug Bruce Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 07, 2016 Details
September 02, 2016 monikawood Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 02, 2016 monikawood Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 02, 2016 Cathy Weiner New York County, New York, United States September 03, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 Karen Adams Franklin County, Ohio, United States August 31, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 KristenR White County, Tennessee, United States August 27, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada August 23, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Susan E. Pirolo) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 johngor Ontario, Canada August 22, 2016 Details
August 19, 2016 kmarkdaniel Hendricks County, Indiana, United States August 21, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 aarongunnar Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States August 19, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada August 19, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada August 14, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 10, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 12, 2016 Details
August 09, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 air3bwm Floyd County, Indiana, United States August 06, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 Allen Gathman Perry County, Missouri, United States August 02, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States August 01, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 31, 2016 Details