Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Desert Elfin
Callophrys fotis (Strecker, [1878])

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Upperside gray; underside brownish gray. Base of hindwing darker, outer half gray to yellow-gray.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (1.9 - 2.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch near host plants on trees and shrubs to wait for females. Eggs are laid singly on flower buds of the host; caterpillars feed on buds, flowers, and young fruits. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One flight from March-June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cliff rose (Cowania mexicana var. stansburiana) in the rose family (Rosaceae).
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: In desert rocky canyons, hills, and scrub.
Range: Southeastern California, southern Nevada, central Utah, southwest Colorado, northern Arizona, and northwestern New Mexico.
Conservation: Not thought to be in need of conservation.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: Not reported.
Comments: NULL