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


Remarks: 

  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