Canyon Bramble Hairstreak

Callophrys affinis
Hairstreaks and Elfins

Appearance: Below, forewing is green with earthy brown overtones on lower half while the under side of hindwing is mostly green. Both wings above are a dull brownish gray color.

Size: Small; 1 to 1 1/8 inches

Habitat: Clearings in pine forests and along trails and roads usually close to food source

Season: May to July

Larval Foodplant: Various buckwheats like sulphur flower; Ceanothus species

Did You Know…
One of two small, mostly green hairstreaks seen in this area flying much later than the Sheridan’s Hairstreak and not likely to be seen flying together. Males perch on hilltops or in gulches to find females. Eggs are laid singly on flower buds of host plants. Caterpillars feed on flowers and young fruits, and occasionally leaves. Chrysalids hibernate over winter in our area.

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