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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October 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States October 26, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States October 14, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States October 14, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 stephen stedman Fayette County, Tennessee, United States October 11, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 S. J. Stedman Marshall County, Mississippi, United States October 11, 2014 Details
October 06, 2014 S. J. Stedman Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States October 07, 2014 Details
October 05, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 05, 2014 Details
September 01, 2009 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States October 04, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 mellielong Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States October 03, 2014 Details
September 24, 2014 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States October 03, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2014 Details
October 02, 2014 stephen stedman Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States October 02, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 Latenight Cameron County, Pennsylvania, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 WendyJG Lee County, Illinois, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 28, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 NJskywatcher Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 MarkScottsmltd Fannin County, Georgia, United States September 24, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 14, 2014 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 18, 2014 stephen stedman DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Henderson County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 digginflowers Virginia, United States, Warren County September 14, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 HHowell Grainger County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 MarkScottsmltd Fannin County, Georgia, United States September 11, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 Doug Bruce Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 KristyBaker White County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 ydlrun Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 06, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 aarongunnar Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 cyric Cumberland County, Maine, United States September 03, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 03, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 eileenulry Highland County, Ohio, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States August 31, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 chherrmann Suffolk County, New York, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 ktaylo Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 26, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 25, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 genealogygenie Miami County, Kansas, United States August 18, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States August 17, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 Krish49 Shawnee County, Kansas, United States August 17, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 rdhealy1951 Menifee County, Kentucky, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 12, 2014 Details