Brown Elfin Callophrys augustinus (Westwood, 1852)  

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Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) is a nickel-sized brownish butterfly, probably the most widespread member of its genus in Maryland. This butterfly flies early, generally April, probably lingering into May in more northerly areas. It utilizes various ericaceous species as host plants, and is therefore typically found in openings in forest with abundant blueberries or laurel, like bogs, barrens or balds (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Brock & Kaufman 2003; BAMONA site; Allen 1997).

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Utilizes members of heather family (Ericaceae), like blueberries (Vaccinium sp.) and possibly others.

There are 44 records in the project database.

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A Brown Elfin in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/14/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Brown Elfin in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/28/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Brown Elfin in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/26/2014). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Brown Elfin found in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/22/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Brown Elfin in Wicomico Co., Maryland (4/26/2009). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Brown Elfin in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/12/2018). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Brown Elfin in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/29/2015). Photo by Kathy Barylski. (MBP list)


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