Eastern Pine Elfin – 5/20/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/20/20

Observation Time: 5:10 p.m.

Observation Location: under high tension wires across the street from Ward’s Berry Farm

Common Name: Eastern Pine Elfin

Scientific Name: Callophrys niphon

Comments: Males perch on tops of pine trees in the sun to find receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on new needles of young trees; caterpillars feed on the needles. Chrysalids hibernate and adults emerge in the spring.

More Information: Butterflies of Massachusetts