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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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
June 26, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2016 Details
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 Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
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
June 05, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
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
April 24, 2016 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States June 05, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States June 05, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States June 02, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Doug Bruce Weakley County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 CA Ivy McDonald County, Missouri, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 cosmic_cat Little River County, Arkansas, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 02, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States May 03, 2016 Details
May 01, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States May 02, 2016 Details
July 08, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 01, 2016 Details
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