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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August 01, 2015 Doug Bruce Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 29, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 roseanna Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 stephen stedman Marshall County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Krish49 Shawnee County, Kansas, United States July 26, 2015 Details
September 01, 2009 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 12, 2010 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 21, 2015 Details
June 26, 2012 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 21, 2015 Details
September 20, 2014 mellielong Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Clay County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 19, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2015 Details
May 12, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Rockland County, New York, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 ezeemonee Erie County, New York, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 marshallbw72 Williamson County, Tennessee, United States July 12, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 10, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 peggyt67 Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 SaraJE Ontario, Canada July 06, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States July 05, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Joe Saunders Mercer County, West Virginia, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 bonehead40 Camden County, New Jersey, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 16, 2015 EarlyDawnPhotography Grant County, Kentucky, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 roseanna Casey County, Kentucky, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 John LeBlanc Henrico County, Virginia, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Bill Link Baltimore County, Maryland, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Homegardener3816 Fairfax County, Virginia, United States June 27, 2015 Details
August 17, 2013 Nick Pulcinella Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States June 26, 2015 Details
September 14, 2013 ncrosbyrd Murray County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 21, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 sfp Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States June 16, 2015 Details
September 07, 2014 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 15, 2015 Details
June 12, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States June 13, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 ezeemonee Madison County, Alabama, United States June 08, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 ezeemonee Madison County, Alabama, United States June 08, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 07, 2015 Details
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