Tailed Copper

Lycaena arota

Appearance: Tailed. Above, males are brown with a purplish cast; females brown and orange. Below, gray with bold markings and an orange flush in the median area of the forewing. The hindwing has a squiggly white submarginal band and a single black spot on the margin above the tail.

Size: Small; 1 to 1 1/4 inches

Habitat: Foothills woods and canyons, where scrub oak and sagebrush occur

Season: June to September; 1 brood

Larval Foodplant: Gooseberries (Ribes)

Did You Know…
This tailed Copper can be mistaken for a Hairstreak. It is said that these butterflies do not stray far (100s of feet), and therefore, once found should be located again in following seasons.

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