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Little Groundhog Man, Lane Co, July 22 - female

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Cupido comyntas

Size: 0.75 - 1.0 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Male bright blue above, female dark gray or gray-brown, with coppery-green iridescence when fresh. HW with white fringe and  marginal band of black spots with gray borders. Below, gray or bluish-gray, with black spots rimmed with white, variable marginal band of spots and chevrons, orange patches next to small white-tipped tails. Usually shows black cell-end bar on FW above and below.

Similar species: Western Tailed-Blue tends to be whiter below and usually lacks black cell end bar on the FW above.


Host plant: Many species in the pea family including lupines, vetches and clovers.

Habitat: Often in weedy, disturbed habitats, but also in native wet meadows and riparian areas. ​

Range: West of the Cascade Range, Wallowa Mtns and NE Blue Mtns.

Season: Early April to early August

Abundance: Common


Conservation Status: Secure

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