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Meadow Cr, Jefferson Co, May 29

Brown Elfin

Callophrys augustinus

Size: 1.0 - 1.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Above both sexes brown or orangish brown (females), unmarked. Below HW violet to pink scaling over brown, usually two-toned with basal half somewhat darker, rarely with irregular median line, and sometimes light submarginal spot band. 

Similar species: Thicket HS has prominent "W" in white median line, is blue above, and submarginal spots on HW run entire length of trailing margin.

 

Host plant: Wide range of plants including salal, madrone, manzanita, huckleberry, and many others.

Habitat: Pine-oak woodlands, manzanita and salal thickets, sage-steppe, roadside seeps. 

Range: Most of Oregon except dry bottomlands east of the Cascade Range.

Season: Mid-February to Late July

Abundance: Uncommon

 

Conservation Status: Secure