Oklahoma Frosted Elfin Project






The Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus) is a butterfly of conservation concern.

Oklahoma shares the hadros subspecies of the Frosted Elfin with Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas (see map below).





to share your sightings or help with the project, contact:

Brenda D. Smith (website link)

argia [@] ou.edu OR 405-325-7819

The Frosted Elfin can be mistaken for the similar Henry's Elfin (Callophrys henrici). A useful guide to distinguishing the species (link here) can be found on the website for the Texas Frosted Elfin survey.   Additional information regarding the Frosted Elfin can be found on NatureServe Explorer.  

Left: Overall approximate historic range of the hadros subspecies of the Frosted Elfin.



Below: Approximate range of the regional subspecies of the Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus hadros) in Oklahoma.



In Oklahoma, the Frosted Elfin has been found on yellow wild indigo (Baptisia sphaerocarpa; photos, right) and Nuttall's wild indigo (B. nuttalliana; photos, below).     

Photographs, copyright Bryan E. Reynolds

All photographs, copyright Bryan E. Reynolds.
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