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Species Callophrys niphon - Eastern Pine Elfin - Hodges#4328

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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 niphon (Eastern Pine Elfin - Hodges#4328)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Incisalia niphon
described in 1819 by Hubner, who originally placed it in genus Licus
Wingspan 25-32 mm
Distinctive bold pattern on underside of wings
Southeastern North America and northern pine forests of Northeastern United States northwestward into Canada.
Pine forests and adjacent areas
March-June (one brood, but extended)
Larvae feed on various pines.
Adults take nectar and fluids from mud, etc.
Life Cycle
Pupae overwinter. Emerge in early to late spring. Males perch on pines, waiting for females.
Print References
Brock, p. 106 (1)
Glassberg, p. 81, plate 20 (2)
Scott, p. 369, (#329) plates 3--larva, 31--adult (3)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
2.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
3.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.