Eastern Pine Elfin – 5/7/14
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 5/7/14
Observation Time: 4:15 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond area (along the dirt road from the soccer fields to the dam)
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