Purplish Copper

Lycaena helloides

Appearance: Males above brown with purplish cast on both wings and light scattering of black spots. Females brown with extensive orange coloring with similar pattern of black spots. Both sexes show prominent zigzag orange line along outer edge of hindwing. Underside hindwing of both male and female have grayish lavender with thin orange submarginal line.

Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches

Habitat: Occurs in wide variety of open moist areas, like streams, meadows, and roadsides from nearly sea level to high elevations

Season: July to mid-September

Larval Foodplant: Docks, cinquefoils and knotweeds (Douglas Knotweed)

Did You Know…
Found in higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains and very similar and difficult to separate from the Dorcas Copper where they occur together.

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