Eastern Tailed Blue

Cupido comyntas (Godart, [1824])

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Common to abundant resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This blue is found in the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada west through the Dakotas, and south into eastern Texas. It is found thoughout Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple flights from early May into September

Larval Hostplant(s): Flowers and new growth of various legumes including Milkvetches (Astragalus species), Tickclovers (Desmodium species), Vetchlings (Lathyrus species), Lespidezas (Lespideza species), Trefoils (Lotus species), Lupines (Lupinus species), Black Medic (Medicago lupulina), Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Clover (Trifolium repens) and Vetches (Vicia species) are utilized.

Habitat: It is at home in urban areas as well as pasture/prairies, road ditches, alfalfa fields, riparian areas and wet meadows. Wherever found it prefers open areas such as mowed paths.

Found at:

Overwintering: As full-grown caterpillar

Similar Species:


Common Name, Location, Photographer
Eastern Tailed Blue – female, dorsal
Eastern Tailed Blue – male, dorsal
Eastern Tailed Blue – side view

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