Gossamer Wings: Eastern Pine Elfin Callophrys niphon
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from 1" - 1.25"|
|Habitat:||Pine & pine-oak woods, nearby fields|
|Flight Period:||Late April to early June|
|Larval Host Plant:||Various hard pines|
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The Eastern Pine Elfin rarely shows its upperside. The next two photos reveal just a peak of the beautiful brown color.
It was quite cool (52 degrees) and this Eastern Pine Elfin positioned itself sideways on the path. This served to avoid the wind and obtain maximum sun.
Another cold morning. This Eastern Pine Elfin was waiting for the warm sun and was not interested in moving one bit.