Status:  rare, local resident?

Flights:  1, Apr-Jul?

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  historical records only; no known sites or recent records

Habitats:  mixed conifer forests with incense cedar

Host plants:  incense cedar, rarely juniper

Adult foodflower nectar including buckbrush, pussy paws, composites

Conservationnone needed


  1.   classified to C. gryneus nelsoni by some authorities

  2.   male above is dark brown with rusty orange patches on lower outer edges of wings; female tawny with dark margins


Nelson’s hairstreak Callophrys nelsoni

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on tips of host plant leaves

larva: feed on tips of host plant leaves

pupa: hibernates

adult:  males territorial, defend perches on host trees all day seeking females

awaiting photo