Ruddy Copper

Lycaena rubidus

Appearance: Above, the males are a striking red-orange; females a dark dull brown with noticeable black spots. A thin black border with a white fringe line the wings edges. Below, both are gray-white with a scattering of small black dots.

Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 5/8 inches

Habitat: Arid areas such as dry gravelly or sandy streambeds, sagebrush flats and meadow edges, but near moisture

Season: June through August (earlier at lower elevations; later higher up)

Larval Foodplant: Dock, sorrel and knotweeds

Did You Know…
Female coppers and ruddy coppers are quite similar and hard to tell apart away from their host plants (Pyle, 2002).

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