American Copper

Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus, 1761)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon resident in local colonies

NENHP Ranking: S1S2, Tier 2

Range: L. phlaeas is found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. In North America the species has a curious disjointed distribution, being found in most of the northeastern quarter of the United States and southeastern Canada, in Alaska and portions of British Columbia and Alberta, in northern and eastern portions of the Northwest Territories, and in isolated populations in mountainous regions of the western U. S. In Nebraska most records are from the sandhills or the eastern portion of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods from late May to mid-September

Larval Hostplant(s): Various docks (Rumex species)

Habitat: Mostly wet road ditches but occasionally open upland areas that do not appear to have any special distinguishing characteristics

Found at: Willow Creek SRA, North Loup River @ Brewster, Taylor Prairie, Calamus Fish Hatchery

Overwintering: As pupae

Similar Species: Purplish Coppers

Notes: Purplish Copper

Common Name, Location, Photographer
American Copper – dorsal
American Copper – ventral

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