Hairstreaks and Elfins
Appearance: Overall brown below with gray white (“hoary”) edging to both forewings and hindwings although wider on the hindwing. The underside of hindwing is darker brown toward the base. No tails.
Size: Small; 7/8 to 1 1/8 inches
Habitat: Open rocky areas near pine woodlands, forest roadsides and edges always near the host plant, kinnikinnick. It is so closely tied to its host plant that if you find the host plant at the right time of the year you will find the butterfly nearby.
Season: Mid-April through June
Larval Foodplant: Kinnikinnick (Bearberry) and is used as both host plant and frequent nectar source
Did You Know…
Elfins are often the first non-hibernating butterflies to appear, flying at the first sign of Spring, just after snow melt in the mountains (Glassberg, 2001).
Species Gallery (click to enlarge)