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).
Species Gallery (click to enlarge)