Western Pine Elfin

Callophrys eryphon (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Resident in the pine forested areas in western and northern Nebraska

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This species inhabits the mountainous west from Arizona and California north into Canada, and then east to the Atlantic Coast. In Nebraska it has been found in Pine Ridge habitats in the panhandle, at Nebraska National Forest at Halsey, and in the bluffs along the Niobrara River valley east into Keya Paha County.

Broods/Flight Times: One spring flight

Larval Hostplant(s): Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Habitat: Pine forest openings and edges

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Niobrara Valley Preserve

Overwintering: As pupae

Similar Species: Juniper Hairstreak


Common Name, Location, Photographer
Western Pine Elfin – dorsal
Western Pine Elfin – side view

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