Butterflies: Eastern Pine Elfin

Photo of Eastern Pine Elfin

This is the first year I've noticed Eastern Pine Elfins (Callophrys niphon). In southern Maine, these small butterflies fly primarily in May, so if you haven't seen one yet, your odds of finding one this year are slim. In May and early June, I noticed individuals nectaring on the tiny flowers of Little Bluet (Houstonia caerulea) and Bastard-toadflax (Comandra umbellata, pictured here).

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