Purplish Copper

Tharsalea helloides (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon resident in local colonies where it can become numerous

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 2

Range: This butterfly is found from the Great Lakes region northwest through most of Alaska and south through most of California. In Nebraska the distribution is primarily western although there are also widespread records from the eastern portion of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: Apparently triple brooded with records from mid-May to mid-October

Larval Hostplant(s): Docks and Smartweeds

Habitat: Riparian areas, marshy roadsides and wet meadows  

Overwintering: Early spring flight dates suggest as pupae. Egg and first instar larvae have also been reported

Found at: Crescent Lake NWR, Cedar Point Biological Station, Nebraska National Forest – Halsey, Sowbelly Canyon

Similar Species: Little Copper

Purplish Copper, Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Purplish Copper – male dorsal
Purplish Copper – male ventral
Purplish Copper – female dorsal
Purplish Copper – female ventral

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