Eastern Pine Elfin Callophrys niphon Hübner, [1819]  

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Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon) is another interesting and elusive member of the genus Callophrys. This species prefers pines as a larval food, and as one would expect, is usually found in forests with a substantial component of pine. This butterfly ranges statewide, and likely occurs in the few county it has not been recorded in yet. It has a single flight period in spring, from April to early June (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Brock & Kaufman 2003; BAMONA site; Allen 1997).

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Various pines (Pinus sp.)

There are 60 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Pine Elfin in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/19/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An Eastern Pine Elfin in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/1/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An Eastern Pine Elfin in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/28/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

An Eastern Pine Elfin in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/24/2011). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)

An Eastern Pine Elfin in Prince George's, Maryland (4/27/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

An Eastern Pine Elfin in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/21/2015). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)


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