Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus)

Uncommon and local in NC, this species has only one brood and is found on the wing only in the springtime. It's the most widespread elfin in North America with populations ranging erratically from the southern Appalachians northward to Canada westward to the Rockies and southward to Mexico.
Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus) Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
14 March 2007

Nectaring in this photo and the one below on the rare Sandhills Pyxie-moss (Pyxidanthera brevifolia), an endemic to the Carolinas.

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus) Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
14 March 2007

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus) Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus)
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
14 March 2007
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
14 March 2007

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus)
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
10 April 2004
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
31 Mar 2016

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
31 Mar 2016

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus) Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Weymouth Woods, Moore Co., NC
14 March 2007

Many Brown Elfins are fond of lurking in difficult to photograph locations...



Montana Brown Elfins below
Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus) Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus)
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Rock Creek, Missoula Co., MT
7 May 2012
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Rock Creek, Missoula Co., MT
7 May 2012

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 May 2014
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
19 May 2014

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus)
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
19 May 2014
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
19 May 2014

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Nectaring on Lomatium
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
21 May 2014
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Nectaring on Erythronium
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
22 May 2014

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus)
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
5 June 2014
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 Apr 2015

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
1 May 2015

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 May 2015
Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 May 2015

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 May 2016

Brown Elfin (Deciduphagus augustinus, Callophrys augustinus Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
19 May 2014

Resting on its host plant or caterpillar food plant, Ceanothus.



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