Hairstreaks and Elfins
Appearance: Above, this tailless hairstreak is orange with dark outer margins on both the fore and hindwing. Below, it is gray to brownish gray with black postmedian and submarginal spots, edged in white. One or two spots on the lower submarginal portion of the hindwing may show orange-capped black.
Size: Small; 15/16 to 1 1/8 inches
Habitat: Rocky arid flats and hillsides in the Front Range foothills
Season: May to August, most abundant in June and July
Larval Foodplant: Bitterbrush and Mountain Mahogany
Did You Know…
A good way to find this species is to survey and/or tap bitterbrush clumps where the females hang out and the males perch looking for partners (Pyle, 2002).