Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Western Pine Elfin
Callophrys eryphon (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Tailless. Wings reddish-brown; undersides of fore- and hindwing have very jagged dark submarginal bands.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 3/8 inches (2.5 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Males perch on shrubs and small trees to look for females. Eggs are laid at the base of young needles; caterpillars feed on young needles and catkins. Chrysalids hibernate and adults emerge in spring.
Flight: One flight from May-June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Young needles of hard pines including lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), limber pine (P. flexilis), and ponderosa pine (P. ponderosa); possibly black spruce.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Pine forests.
Range: British Columbia east to Maine; south to southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
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.
Comments: NULL