Moss’s Elfin

Callophrys mossii
Hairstreaks and Elfins

Appearance: Above, males are gray-brown; females are light brown, both variable. Below, reddish-brown to gray. Postmedian band on hind and forewing usually with white. Marginal band more pronounced than on other elfins. Often shows a grayish patch at the base of the hindwing postmedian band.

Size: Small; 3/4 to 7/8 inches

Habitat: Gullies, washes and canyons in the foothills and mountains where stonecrop is present

Season: March to May; 1 brood

Larval Foodplant: Stonecrop

Did You Know…
Elfins are tailless hairstreaks and are often the first nonhibernating butterflies to appear in spring.

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