Lycaenidae: Coppers, Hairstreaks and Blues

Subfamily Lycaeninae — Coppers

Link Butterfly and host plant
Link to Tailed Copper page Lycaena arota arota - Tailed Copper
(Ribes spp. inc. californicum var herperium and quercetorum) - Currant and Gooseberry (Glossulariaceae)
link to Lycaena arota nubila page Lycaena arota nubila - 'Cloudy' Tailed Copper
Ribes aureum var gracillimum - Golden Currant (Glossulariaceae)
Link to Great Copper page Lycaena xanthoides xanthoides - Great Copper
Rumex spp. - Docks (Polygonaceae)
Link to Gorgon Copper page Lycaena gorgon gorgon - Gorgon Copper
Eriogonum elongatum - Long-stemmed Buckwheat (Polygonaceae) in So. Cal.
no photos yet Lycaena gorgon micropunctata - Small Spotted Gorgon Copper
Eriogonum elongatum - Long-stemmed Buckwheat (Polygonaceae)
Link to Lycaena heteronea clara page of butterfly photographs Lycaena heteronea clara - Bright Blue Copper
Eriogonum heermannii is preferred, though some use E. umbellatum var. munzii, and possibly E. fasciculatum (Polygonaceae).
Link to Purplish Copper page Lycaena helloides helloides - Purplish Copper
Docks, sorrels and other Polygonum spp.inc. Willow Dock (Polygonaceae)
Link to Lycaena hermes copper page Lycaena hermes - Hermes Copper
Rhamnus crocea - Redberry (Rhamnaceae)
 

Subfamily Theclinae — Hairstreaks

Link Butterfly and host plant
Link to Golden Hairstreak page Habrodais grunus grunus - Golden Hairstreak
Oaks (Quercus), esp. Canyon Live Oak
Link to Atlides halesus corcorani page Atlides halesus corcorani - Great Purple Hairstreak
Mistletoe (Phoradendron) species on juniper
Link to Callophrys dumetorum page Callophrys dumetorum - Lotus or Bramble Hairstreak
Various buckwheats (Eriogonum), Deerweed (Acmispon glaber)
Link to Siva Juniper Hairstreak page Callophrys siva juniperaria - Juniper Hairstreak
California Juniper (Juniperus californica)
Link to Loki Juniper Hairstreak page Callophrys loki - 'Loki' Juniper Hairstreak or Skinner's Hairstreak
California Juniper (Juniperus californica)
Link to Thorne's Juniper Hairstreak page Callophrys loki thornei - 'Thorne's' Juniper Hairstreak
Tecate Cypress (Cupressus forbesii)
Link to Siva near chalcosiva Juniper Hairstreak page Callophrys siva near chalcosiva - Juniper Hairstreak (San Bernardino Mtns. population)
Probably Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis).
Link to Nelson's Hairstreak page Callophrys nelsoni nelsoni - Nelson's Hairstreak
Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrans)
Link to Callophrys spinetorum page Callophrys spinetorum spinetorum - Thicket Hairstreak
Dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium spp.) on pines
Link to Brown Elfin page Callophrys augustinus iroides - Western Brown Elfin
Many, including dodder, Ceanothus, others
Link to Moss's Elfin Hidakupa page Callophrys mossii hidakupa - San Gabriel Mtns (Moss's) Elfin
Sedum spathulifolium
Link to Western Pine Elfin page Callophrys eryphon eryphon - Western Pine Elfin
Lodgepole and other Pines
Link to California Hairstreak page Satyrium californica californica - California Hairstreak
Oaks (Quercus), possibly Ceanothus.
Link to Sylvan Hairstreak page Satyrium sylvinus sylvinus - Sylvan Hairstreak
Willows (Salix)
Link to Desert Sylvan Hairstreak page Satyrium sylvinus desertorum - 'Desert' Sylvan Hairstreak
Willows (Salix)
no photos yet Satyrium sylvinus dryope - 'Dryope' Sylvan Hairstreak
Willows (Salix)
Link to Gold-hunter's Hairstreak page Satyrium auretorum spadix - Gold-hunter's Hairstreak
Oak (Quercus)
no photos yet Satyrium auretorum auretorum - Gold-hunter's Hairstreak
Oaks
no photos yet Satyrium auretorum fumosum - Santa Monica Mtns Hairstreak
Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
Link to Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak page Satyrium tetra - Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak
Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides)
Link to Hedgerow Hairstreak page Satyrium saepium chalcis - 'Bronzed' Hedgerow Hairstreak
Ceanothus
no photos yet Satyrium saepium chlorophora - 'Purplish' Hedgerow Hairstreak
Ceanothus
Link to Satyrium saepium subaridum page Satyrium saepium subaridum - 'Desert' Hedgerow Hairstreak
Ceanothus greggii
Link to Behr's Hairstreak page Satyrium behrii behrii - Behr's Hairstreak
Waxy bitterbrush (Purshia grandulosa)
Strymon istapa clenchi - Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
Rock Hibiscus (Hibiscus denudatus)
Link to Gray Hairstreak page Strymon melinus pudica - Gray Hairstreak
Many, inc. buckwheats, lotus, mallows.
Link to Strymon avalona page Strymon avalona - Avalon Scrub Hairstreak
Deerweed (Lotus scoparius) and Silver-leaved Trefoil (Lotus argophyllum var. ornithopus
Link to Leda Ministreak page Ministrymon leda - Leda Ministreak
Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa)
 

Subfamily Polyommatinae - Blues

Link Butterfly and host plant
Link to Leptotes marina - Marine Blue - page Leptotes marina - Marine Blue
Commonly Plumbago auriculata in cities; also various legumes inc. Astragalus spp. and False Indigo
Link to Western Pygmy Blue page Brephidium exilis - Western Pygmy Blue
Saltbush (Atriplex spp.)
Link to Cupido amyntula amyntula page Cupido amyntula amyntula - Western Tailed-Blue
Astragalus spp.
Link to Echo Blue photographs page Celastrina echo echo - Echo Blue
Ceanothus leucodermis, Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), others
Link to Celastrina echo cinerea page Celastrina echo cinerea - 'Cinereous' Echo Blue
Rock Spiraea is mentioned by the Emmels (1973)
Glaucopsyche piasus piasus - Arrowhead Blue
Lupines
Link to Coastal Arrowhead Blue page of photographs Glaucopsyche piasus sagittigera - 'Coastal' Arrowhead Blue
Lupinus excubitus
Link to Glaucopsyche piasus nr sagittagera (Big Bear area) page Glaucopsyche piasus nr. sagittigera - Arrowhead Blue
Lupinus andersonii
Link to Glaucopsyche piasus gabrielina page Glaucopsyche piasus gabrielina - 'San Gabriel Mtns' Arrowhead Blue
Lupinus elatus
Glaucopsyche piasus umbrosa - 'Smoky' Arrowhead Blue
Lupinus formosus
Glaucopsyche piasus excubita - 'Bush Lupine' Arrowhead Blue
Usually Lupinus excubitus
Link to page with photographs of Silvery Blue butterfly - Glaucopsyche lygdamus astralis Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis - 'Southern' Silvery Blue
Deerweed (Lotus scoparius)
Link to Palos Verdes Blue butterfly page - Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis - Palos Verdes Blue
Coast locoweed (Astragalus trichopodus lonchus) and Deerweed (Acmispon glaber, a.k.a. Lotus scoparius)
no photos yet Glaucopsyche lygdamus - Silvery Blue (So. Sierra west slope)
Deerweed?
Link to page for the southeast Sierra Nevada population of Glaucopsyche lygdamus Glaucopsyche lygdamus - Silvery Blue (SE Sierra Nev. pop.)
Deerweed?
Link to Sonoran Blue page Philotes sonorensis sonorensis - Sonoran Blue
Dudleya lanceolata
no photos yet Philotiella speciosa speciosa - Small Blue
Punctured Bract (Oxytheca perfoliata), Trilobia (Oxytheca trilobata), Kidneyleaf buckwheat (Eriogonum reniforme)
Euphilotes allyni - El Segundo Blue
Eriogonum parvifolium
Link to Euphilotes glaucon comstocki page Euphilotes glaucon comstocki - Comstock's Blue
Eriogonum umbellatum
Link to Euphilotes bernardino bernardino page Euphilotes bernardino bernardino - Bernardino Blue
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Link to Euphilotes bernardino inyomontana page Euphilotes bernardino inyomontana - Inyo Mountains Blue
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Link to page for the Santa Monica Mtns population of the Bernardino Blue butterfly Euphilotes bernardino SM seg. - Santa Monica Mountains Blue
Eriogonum cinereum
no photos yet Euphilotes bernardino nr garthi - Point Loma Blue
Eriogonum fasciculatum?
no photos yet Euphilotes baueri vernalis - Vernal Blue (Coxey Meadow)
Eriogonum kennedyi
Link to Euphilotes enoptes tildeni page Euphilotes enoptes tildeni - 'Tilden's' Dotted Blue
Eriogonum nudum
Euphilotes enoptes dammersi - 'Dammer's' Dotted Blue - E. Mojave
Eriogonum wrightii or elongatum
Link to the page for the low desert populations of Euphilotes enoptes dammersi Euphilotes enoptes dammersi - 'Dammer's' Dotted Blue - Low Desert
Eriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum
Link to page for the Baldwin Lake population of Euphilotes enoptes dammersi Euphilotes enoptes nr dammersi - Baldwin Lake Blue
Eriogonum kennedyi
no photos yet Euphilotes enoptes nr dammersi - Arrastre Creek Blue
Eriogonum davidsonii
no photos yet Euphilotes enoptes cryptorufes - 'Cryptorufes' Dotted Blue
Eriogonum davidsonii
no photos yet Euphilotes enoptes langstoni - Langston's Blue
Unsure which buckwheat it uses here
Link to page for Euphilotes mojave mojave Euphilotes mojave mojave - Mojave Blue
Eriogonum pusillum, reniforme, nudum
no photos yet Euphilotes pallescens elvirae - 'Elvira' Pallid Blue
Eriogonum plumatella and microthecum
Link to Hemiargus ceraunus gyas page Hemiargus ceraunus gyas - 'Edward's' Ceraunus Blue
Several inc. Honey Mesquite and Locoweeds
Link to Hemiargus isola arce page Hemiargus isola alce - Reakirt's Blue
Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), Screwbean Mesquite (P. pubescens), Catclaw (Acacia greggii)
Plebejus melissa paradoxa - 'Orange-Margined' Melissa Blue
Spanish Lotus (Lotus purshianus) at this location; other Pea family plants elsewhere
Link to Plebejus saepiolus hilda page Plebejus saepiolus hilda - 'Hilda' Greenish Blue
Cow's Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii), Longstalk Clover (T. longipes), Carpet Clover (T. monanthum)
Plebejus saepiolus aehaja - Greenish Blue
Clovers
no photos yet Plebejus saepiolus aureolus - San Gabriel Mtns Blue (extinct?)
Cow's Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii)
Link to San Emigdio Blue (Plebejus emigdionis) page Plebejus emigdionis - San Emigdio Blue
Saltbush (Atriplex canescens) in association with ant and scale insect
Link to photographs of Plebejus icarioides evius - Boisduval's Blue Plebejus icarioides evius - 'Evius' Boisduval's Blue
Lupines inc. excubitus
Link to photographs of Plebejus icarioides eosierra Plebejus icarioides eosierra - Eastern Sierra Blue
Lupinus excubitus
no photos yet Plebejus icarioides atascadero - Atascadero Blue
Lupinus excubitus
no photos yet Plebejus icarioides santana - Trabuco Blue
Lupinus excubitus
Link to Plebejus acmon acmon page Plebejus acmon acmon - Acmon Blue
Many, inc. species of Lotus, Eriogonum and Astragalus
Links to Lupine Blue page of photographs Plebejus lupini monticola - 'Clemence's' Lupine Blue
Usually California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
Link to page with photographs of Plebejus lupini chlorina Plebejus lupini chlorina - 'Green' Lupine Blue
Eriogonum umbellatum
Link to page for the Veined Blue - Plebejus neurona Plebejus neurona - Veined Blue
Eriogonum wrightii var subscaposum and - E. kennedyi
 

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