Maryland Big Year Butterfly #2 — Henry’s Elfin

Callophyris henrici, courtesy BAMONA.  Photo credit Bob Moul.

Callophyris henrici, courtesy BAMONA. Photo credit Bob Moul.

On a quick getaway this afternoon from meetings at the USDA campus in Beltsville MD I popped over to Patuxent Research Refuge (South Tract) to take a walk around Cash Lake, looking for mourning cloaks and anglewings in the open forest.  No such luck; despite the beautiful sunshine and temps of about 75 F., only a cabbage white and a quickly flying Celastrina that didn’t stop long enough for good looks or hang around any diagnostic food plants.

But I *did* fish a very fresh/newly eclosed Henry’s Elfin (Callophyris henrici) out of the water where it was flopping among some floating leaves at the edge of the lake.  Lifted it out on a long stick and let it dry in the sunshine; was still airing out its wings as I moved along on the trail to make it out of the refuge before the gates closed at 4:30.

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