Western Pine Elfin
Callophrys eryphon (Boisduval, 1852)
Status: Uncommon local resident
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.
Larval Hostplant(s): Pine trees.
Broods/Flight Times: One spring flight, May into early June.
Overwintering: As pupae.
Habitat: Pine forest openings and margins.
Avg. Wingspan: 1 – 1 3/8 inches
Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Nebraska National Forest@Halsey, Niobrara Valley Preserve, I-80 mm1, Wildcat Hills SRA