Lustrous Copper

Lycaena cupreous

Appearance: Above, red-orange with a wide black border and many black spots. Below, orange forewing and gray hindwing, both with numerous black spots and a thin red submarginal line on the hindwing. The spots on the female are more prominent than on the male.

Size: Small; 1 to 1 1/4 inches

Habitat: Alpine tundra and rockslides

Season: Mid-June to mid-August; 1 brood

Larval Foodplant: Alpine Sorrel

Did You Know…
This is a species, fragmented throughout the west to alpine regions, that will be adversely effected if global temperatures continue to rise.

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