The Henry’s Elfin is a small, brown, tailed butterfly. It is sometimes known as the “Woodland Elfin”. The underwing surfaces are brown and distinctly two-toned. The outer half is much lighter brown in color. There is gray frosting along the outer margin. There is a short, stubby tail.


Henry’s Elfin” by John Flannery, licensed under (CC BY-ND 2.0)


Henry’s Elfin Facts

Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Theclinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 – 1 1/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Edges and openings in barrens and near pine or pine-oak woodland


Henry’s Elfin Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Eastern Redbud
  • Fire Cherry
  • American Plum
  • Wild Plum
  • Black Cherry
  • Lowbush Blueberries
  • Highbush Blueberries
  • Black Huckleberry
  • Yaupon
  • American Holly

Nectar Plants:

  • Willows
  • Glade Cress
  • Sumac
  • Hawthorn