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 15, 2015 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States November 04, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 ButterBelle Blount County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 11, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2015 Details
October 04, 2015 arcturusangel Texas, Marion County, United States October 05, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States October 04, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States October 04, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 rosenthal.k Arlington County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
October 15, 2013 H Hooper Leon County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 26, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States September 26, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 aarongunnar Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
April 02, 2011 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States September 16, 2015 Details
March 17, 2009 Martin and Sara Texas, Liberty County, United States September 16, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 rogerashton Seneca County, New York, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 John LeBlanc Madison County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 stephen stedman Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 MarkNenadov Ontario, Canada September 04, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 AJ Trently Fayette County, Tennessee, United States September 04, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States September 02, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 amealer Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States August 28, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 SpadGuy Hardy County, West Virginia, United States August 28, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 brandahl La Porte County, Indiana, United States August 22, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Jonathan Clark Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States August 21, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
August 19, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States August 20, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Nancy Weiss Charlottesville City County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 Ron Smith Jackson County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
September 07, 2014 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Doug Bruce Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 11, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 Steven Chatfield Ontario, Canada August 07, 2015 Details
June 12, 2015 cheins Sibley County, Minnesota, United States August 06, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 05, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Doug Bruce Robertson County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Teresa Jacobs Carter County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details