Frosted elfin butterfly Incisalia irus   Save
Frosted elfin butterfly Incisalia irus
Description: The frosted elfin butterfly is endangered in Ohio and is the rarest of all of the elfin species in the state. It can be found in Lucas County; only two sightings have been reported in Hamilton County. This butterfly feeds primarily on lupine Lupinus perennis, which is increasingly rare in the state. It is a member of the Lycaenidae (gossamer winged) family and can be seen between April and May. This species has a wingspan of 1 to 1.25 inches (3.5 to 3.2 cm). In Ohio there are more than 150 species of butterflies. Twenty-seven different species of butterflies representing five families can be found in the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, including all seven species of butterflies that are listed as endangered in Ohio. Butterflies are a part of the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek words lepis, which means scale and pteron, which means wing). There are nearly 17,500 species of butterflies world-wide. Approximately 750 of these can be found in North America. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1360_1156739_017
Subjects: Plants and Animals; Butterflies; Insects; Lycaenidae; Endangered species
Places: Lucas County (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)