Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Bog Elfin
Callophrys lanoraieensis (Sheppard, 1934)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Very small; tailless. Upperside of females brown; males have more orange. Underside of hindwing has a reduced or obscure pattern and the outer margin is frosted with gray.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 15/16 inch (2.2 - 2.4 cm).
Life History: Adults fly around the treetops. In New Brunswick, adults fly low down and commonly alight on the ground. First-stage caterpillars bore into spruce needles and feed from the inside; older caterpillars eat needles from the outside.
Flight: One brood from mid-May to early June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Black spruce (Picea mariana).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Black spruce-tamarack bogs. In southern New Brunswick wherever black spruce grows, including dry, sandy areas.
Range: Eastern New Hampshire through coastal Maine north to New Brunswick. Isolated populations in eastern Ontario, southern Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
Conservation: All populations should be conserved, but currently secure in southern New Brunswick.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). Threatened in most of its range, though not threatened and regularly found when searched for in season in New Brunswick.
Management Needs: Maintain integrity of bog habitats.
Comments: updates added from NB coordinator Anthony W. Thomas in Feb 2011.
Get your BAMONA Gear!

Hoodies and t-shirts in two designs!

Advertise with us!

Do you have a product or service that you think would interest BAMONA users? If you would like to advertise on this website, contact us by email, or use the contact form and select the "Advertising" category.