Henry’s Elfin

Callophrys henrici (Grote & Robinson, 1867)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: This species inhabits the eastern half of the United States. In Nebraska it is found in the southeastern corner of the state as far north as Washington County, and as far west as Jefferson County.

Broods/Flight Times: One spring flight in April into May

Larval Hostplant(s): Redbud trees (Cercis canadensis). A population at Harlan County Reservoir utilizes a different host, perhaps a cherry (Prunus sp) or Dogwood (Cornus sp)

Habitat: Woodland openings and borders where the host plants are present

Found at: Indian Cave State Park, Harlan County Reservoir, Fontenelle Forest

Overwintering: As pupae

Similar Species: Olive Hairsteak


Henry’s Elfin, Indian Cave State Park, Jon Nikkila
Henry’s Elfin – dorsal
Henry’s Elfin – ventral

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