Edith’s Copper

Lycaena editha

Appearance: Below, hindwing gray with many irregularly shaped brown spots; also shows submarginal row of white inward pointing arrowheads. Above, male is dark brown with black cell end bars; female brown with orange patches and orange marginal band on hindwing.

Size: Small; 7/8 to 1 1/4 inches

Habitat: Mountain meadows, streamsides and sagebrush flats

Season: Late June to August

Larval Foodplant: Various docks and knotweeds

Did You Know…
This butterfly was named by Theodore Mead for W. H. Edwards’ daughter, whom Mead later married (Pyle, 1981).

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