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Species Callophrys sheridanii - Sheridan's Hairstreak - Hodges#4307

Coastal Green Hairstreak - Callophrys sheridanii Coastal Sheridan's Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii dumetorum) - Callophrys sheridanii - male Alpine Green Hairstreak? - Callophrys sheridanii Beautiful little green butterflies  - Callophrys sheridanii Sheridan's hairstreak - Callophrys sheridanii ? - Callophrys sheridanii Green butterfly in Colorado - Callophrys sheridanii Callophrys sheridanii Callophrys sheridanii
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Lycaenidae (Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Harvesters)
Subfamily Theclinae (Hairstreaks)
Tribe Eumaeini
Genus Callophrys
Species sheridanii (Sheridan's Hairstreak - Hodges#4307)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Sheridan's Elfin
Sheridan's Green Hairstreak
Wingspan is 20-29 mm
The small size, lack of a tail, and green underside are distinctive within its range to the "Bramble Hairstreak" complex (C. affinis, dumetorum, perplexa, sheridanii, etc.). In the south there are other small green hairstreaks, but range can eliminate these throughout most of the range of Sheridan's Hairstreak. Identification within the "Bramble" complex is difficult, but some members of this species can be identified by the complete white postmedian line.
Western United States, north to British Columbia and Alberta.
Valleys and hillsides, usually in open areas.
Spring, but this varies with altitude.
Larval host plants are species of buckwheat, Eriogonum sp. Adults feed on nectar.
Print References
Brock and Kaufman's Butterflies of North America (1) has images and information on identifying members of the "Bramble" complex.
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.