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Species Oeneis chryxus - Chryxus Arctic - Hodges#4606

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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 Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Satyrinae (Satyrs, Morphos and Owls)
Tribe Satyrini (Alpines, Arctics, Nymphs and Satyrs)
Genus Oeneis (Arctics)
Species chryxus (Chryxus Arctic - Hodges#4606)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Brown Arctic
Wingspan 45-54 mm
Variable--see guide photos and print references for details.
Eastern Alaska south through Rockies at high elevations to New Mexico. East across Canada to Ontario, Quebec, northern Wisconsin, Michigan. Isolated population in California Sierras (1).
Rocky hilltops, meadows, open woodlands with grasses.
Early summer. May-June (Wisconsion, Ontario). May-July (Colorado). June-August (alpine zone, California).
Adults sip mud.
Life Cycle
Males perch on hilltops, etc. on watch for females. Larvae feed on grasses, sometimes sedges, such as Carex spectabilis in California. One flight per year. Large flights in some areas only every other year. Larvae typically overwinter over two winters before pupation (2).
See Also
Other Arctics
Print References
Brock and Kaufman, pp. 248-249 (1)
Scott, #128 (2)
Glassberg, p. 141, plate 44 (3)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
2.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.
3.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.