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Species Callophrys lanoraieensis - Bog Elfin - Hodges#4327

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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 lanoraieensis (Bog Elfin - Hodges#4327)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Incisalia lanoraieensis
described in 1934 by Sheppard, who originally placed it in genus Incisalia
wingspan reported as 22-24 mm at and 16-19 mm at CBIF
Adult: the smallest elfin, looks like Pine Elfin, but underside pattern is less clear, and trailing edge of hindwing can be frosted

Larva: tiny, body green with wide white stripe along side
many bogs in Maine and southern Quebec, plus isolated locations in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and eastern Ontario
Black Spruce/Tamarack bogs; adults fly among the treetops and often perch on vegetation out of reach or inaccessible to photographers
adults fly from mid-May to early June
larvae feed on needles of Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as a pupa
extremely rare and/or local, and hard to find; global rank G3 (threatened throughout its range)
See Also
Eastern Pine Elfin is larger, has bolder and more distinct markings, and is much more common
Print References
(1) (2) (3)
Internet References
detailed species account including description, distribution, larval foodplant, habits, habitat (Butterflies of Canada)
The Bog Elfin in Ontario; PDF doc detailed discussion beginning on page 13 (P.M. Catling et al, Ontario Insects)
author, date, and original genus listed under Incisalia (
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of the East Coast : An Observer's Guide
Rick Cech, Guy Tudor. 2005. Princeton University Press.
2.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
3.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.