Henry's Elfin Callophrys henrici (Grote & Robinson, 1867)  Synonyms: Woodland Elfin.

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Henry's Elfin (Callophrys henrici) is a beautiful early-season butterfly, found across much of the state in wooded areas where its larval hosts, American Holly or Eastern Redbud, can be found. This butterfly is univoltine, meaning it has a single adult activity period per year, from early April to early May in Maryland (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Brock & Kaufman 2003; BAMONA site).

Note that a green color variant was described by Harry Pavulaan as Incisalia henrici viridissima (Maryland Entomologist, 1998). Please submit any photos of this subspecies or presumed intergrades.

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The larval food plants in this region are Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) and American Holly (Ilex opaca).

There are 83 records in the project database.

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A Henry's Elfin in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/19/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/11/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/13/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/11/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Charles Co., Maryland (4/22/2018). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Charles Co., Maryland (3/31/2018). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/10/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Charles Co., Maryland (4/14/2018). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/21/2015). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/2/2015). Photo by Wendy Crowe. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/19/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

The green subspecies of Henry's Elfin (C. h. viridissima) in Wicomico Co., Maryland (3/31/2016). Identified to subspecies by Rick Borchelt. Harry Pavulaan, who described the subspecies, notes that this individual is 'about as green as ssp. viridissima gets!' Photo by Jeff Culler. (MBP list)

The green subspecies of Henry's Elfin (C. h. viridissima) in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/30/2016). Photo by Robin Tress. (MBP list)

A Henry's Elfin found during the Chino Farms BioBlitz (4/27/2013). First Queen Anne's Co. record found by Brighton, Feild, Biechele, Hubick. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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