Status:  fairly common resident

Flights:  1, Mar-Jun

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  widespread inland Santa Lucias away from the fog belt; Arroyo Seco, Toro Park, Old Stage Rd., Chew’s Ridge, Parkfield, Pinnacles Rd.

Habitats:  chaparral, other brushlands, foothill woodland openings

Host plants:  eriogonum, lotus, and ceanothus spp.

Adult foodflower nectar, esp. wild buckwheat

Conservationnone needed


  1.   male brownish-gray above; female tawny (rufous-brown) esp. on FW/HW discs


Inland green hairstreak   Callophrys perplexa

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on flower buds of host plant

larva: eats flowers, young fruits, sometimes leaves

pupa: hibernate in litter under host plant

adult:  males perch on ground along pathways, and on protruding branches over washes and openings in chaparral, and are territorial

perched on lotus