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Brown Elfin - Callophrys augustinus
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Brown Elfin - Mount Uniacke, NS - 2011-06-08
Photo © Jim Edsall
Status in Nova Scotia
Usually widespread and fairly common.

Flight Period
Early May to mid-June

Habitat
Acid bogs, barrens, conifer woods.

Larval Foodplants
Heaths (Ericaceae) such as Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.), Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursae), Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) and Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum).

Similar Species in Nova Scotia
Superficially similar to all of our Elfins, but distinguished by a relatively plain brown or reddish-brown underwing colour.

Brown Elfin - Pockwock, NS, 2004-05-13
Brown Elfin - Pockwock, NS - 2004-05-13
2004-05-13
Photo © Peter Payzant
Brown Elfin - Uniacke Estate Museum Park, 2011-06-17
Brown Elfin - Uniacke Estate Museum Park - 2011-06-17
2011-06-17
Photo © Phil Schappert