Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1209159

Western Pine Elfin
Callophrys eryphon

Observation date: June 09, 2019
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: On Busy Trail posting up on Current Shrub Low seventies Clear Calm day Very Dry in most area's Though many Springs Were running! This individual would return this shrub after being disturbed, allowing all five of our parties to take as many shots as we wanted. I Believe this to be a male after reviewing many Pinned specimen's on butterflies of america. The males have scent glands, this shows up on forewing center near leading oblong circle! Males are darker brown topside and females lack scent gland and are lighter tan Color topside! I learned this on butterflies of america! Also this individual was controlling an area of there favorite nectar these current shrubs were in full bloom! We only saw 3 confirmed Pine elfin on this walk also most hairstreaks were missing probably not out yet. this area had Great purple and Gray hairstreak also missing was thicket! My friends all got very excited about these and Edith. we saw 25+ Species. Some kind or marble or maybe more as we hit several locations and elevations Marbles did not want land except to shortly sip nectar! Also like the local big Bear paper reminded us Rattlers are out even at high locations. Ours was at the Cabin We stayed at and lucky for us we found a Juniper hairstreak there as well! A Few Were flying but mostly sipping nectar at Ceanothus.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: June 11, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.