Hairstreaks and Elfins
Appearance: No tails. Upperside of male gray-brown; female reddish brown. Underside reddish brown with dark, irregular postmedian line; hindwing darker at base and along hindwing margin.
Size: Small; less than 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Along dry hillsides and in open areas around pine woodlands where host plant is found. Probably our most widespread and commonly encountered elfin.
Season: Mid-April to June, often one of the earlier butterflies to fly in spring
Larval Foodplant: Kinnikinnick/Bearberry (Trailing arbutus)
Did You Know…
Eggs are laid on the flower buds of the host plant and the resulting pupae overwinter among the leaf litter until spring when the adults emerge (Angel, 2005).
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