Skip Navigation

Species Search:
FieldGuidesthreatened and/or endangered search resultsthreatened and/or endangered

previous  | next

Western Pine Elfin Callophrys eryphon


Get Our Newsletters


Advanced Search

Family: Lycaenidae, Gossamer-wing Butterflies view all from this family

Description The Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphron) is a North American butterfly that ranges from British Columbia east to Maine and south to southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Males are brown and females are orange-brown, with both having bold patterned hind wings. The top of the wings have dark bars with a lighter chevron shaped margin. The body is 19–32 mm in length and has no tail.

This butterfly is found in natural pine woods and evergreen forests in the territory (area of land) they inhabit. In the northwest USA they are found nesting in lodgepole pines and can be seen perched on shrubs and smaller trees while searching for food or looking for a mate. The Western Pine Elfin is seldom seen outside its natural habitat. They feed on flower nectar including wild blueberries, milkweed, and clover.

Dimensions The body is 19–32 mm in length and has no tail.

Habitat Canyons & caves, Alpine & subalpine habitats, Freshwater swamps, marshes & bogs, Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields.

Range Rocky Mountains, New England, Western Canada, California, Great Lakes, Northwest, Southwest, Eastern Canada, Plains.