Species Page: Purplish Copper (Tharsalea helloides)

Purplish Copper

Tharsalea helloides (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon resident

NENHP Rank: S3 Tier2

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.

Larval Hostplant(s): Docks and Smartweeds.

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

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

Habitat: Riparian areas, marshy roadsides and wet meadows .

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 1/2 inches

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Crescent Lake NWR, Nebraska National Forest@Halsey, Burwell Pond

Similar Species: American Copper


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