Blue Copper

Lycaena heteronea

Appearance: Above, males are brilliant blue with fine black veins and border fringed with white; females are a dull brown-gray with a scattering of black spots and white fringe. Erratic flier found close to the ground. Often mistaken for Boisduval’s Blue.

Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 inches

Habitat: Grasslands, meadows and open montane and sub-alpine slopes and ridges

Season: May to August

Larval Foodplant: Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum species) in the buckwheat family

Did You Know…
Most male coppers set up a perch and wait for females to pass; Blue Coppers patrol and search for females, much like “true blue” males (Opler, 1999).

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