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Henry's Elfin, South Carolina Subspecies

Callophrys henrici yahwehus


This is one of the subspecies of Henry's Elfin (Callophrys henrici yahwehus). The subspecies (yahwehus) was recently described for the South Carolina populations by the late Rev. Ron Gatrelle. Wingspan: 1". The South Carolina subspecies has the pronounced chestnut color.


Edges of wooded swamps and upland heaths, sand plains, and open pine oak woodlands where its food plants thrive. This one was observed at the edge of a swamp and clear cut in Aiken County, SC at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center.


This spotting was identified by Harry Pavulaan on the Butterflies of the Eastern United States Facebook Group. Feeds on many species of plants including members of the pea, rose and heath famlies (especially blueberries and huckleberries). Adult Food Sources: Found at Low and High Bush Blueberries by Atlas workers. In addition, found "nectaring" at oak buds.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 30, 2013
Submitted on Mar 30, 2013

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