Callophrys irus

Known from only one historical record from Tuscaloosa County in Alabama, this species is very localized and is dependent upon the presence of lupine as a host plant for the larvae.  Lupine is typically found in pine barrens in which the canopy remains open.  A fairly large brown Elfin with frosted margins on both fore and hindwing.  Black spot near tail diagnostic for this species.  Similar species:  Brown Elfin and Henry's Elfin

Female ovipositing on Lupine


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Adult - ventral

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Lupine - host plant