Status:  rare resident

Flights:  1, Mar-Jun

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  limited to stands of Bishop/Monterey pine; Jack’s Peak, Palo Corona

Habitats:  pine forests

Host plants:  Bishop and Monterey pines, esp. young trees

Adult foodflower nectar

Conservationpitch canker pine disease may impact this species


  1.   recently colonized stands of cultivated Monterey pine in central coastal CA

  2.   formerly western banded elfin

  3.   sexes similar; male chocolate-brown, female warmer orange-brown


Western Pine Elfin   Callophrys eryphon

Life history facts

egg: laid at the base of young needles

larva: feed on young needles and catkins

pupa: hibernate, adults emerge in spring

adult:  males perch on small trees/shrubs in forest clearings for females

Monterey pines, Jack’s peak