Dione Copper

Tharsalea dione (Scudder, 1868)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Widespread but local resident, can be abundant when found

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This butterfly is found from southern portions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba southeast to western Oklahoma, most of Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. In Nebraska it is found throughout the state and should eventually be found in every county.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight peaking in mid-late June. Nebraska records range from 8 June – 28 July .

Larval Hostplant(s): Dock (Rumex sp.)

Habitat: Dione Coppers have been found in a variety of habitats including wet meadows and weedy road ditches near their host plants.

Found at: Rainwater Basins

Overwintering: As eggs

Similar Species: Bronze Copper


Dione Copper, Location, Photographer
Dione Copper – female dorsal
Dione Copper – male, dorsal
Dione Copper – side view

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