Status:  fairly common resident

Flights:  1-2, Feb-Jul

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  widespread; Arroyo Seco, Parkfield, Toro Park, Palo Corona, Gloria Rd., Chew’s Ridge

Habitats:  chaparral, shrubby forest margins

Host plants:  manzanita, buckbrush, dodder, madrone

Adult foodflower nectar including yerba santa, yarrow, asters, etc.

Conservationnone needed


  1.   males in flight cover only short distance, return to central perch or nearby

  2.   adults may live up to 23 days, long for an elfin

  3.   western/eastern races may be different species

  4.   variable; male brown to gray above, female often orange-brown


Brown elfin Callophrys augustinus

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on flower buds of host plant

larva: feed on flowers and fruits

pupa: hibernate

adult:  males perch on shrubs in open areas to watch for females

perched on manzanita