Species Page: Henry’s Elfin (Callophrys henrici)

Henry’s Elfin

Callophrys henrici (Grote & Robinson, 1867)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon 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.

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).

Broods/Flight Times: One spring flight from April into May.

Overwintering: As pupae.

Habitat: Forest openings and borders.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 – 1 1/4 inches

Found at: Indian Cave SP, Rathjen Prairie, Fontenelle Forest, Harlan County Reservoir, Table Rock SWMA

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