Close-up photo of live Tailed Copper (Lycaena arota) ventral view

Kelley Cr, Lake Co, July 4 - male

Tailed Copper

Tharsalea arota


AKA Lycaena arota

Size: 0.75- 1.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Coppery brown above. Small white-tipped tails on HW.  Below HW is boldly marked with spots, chevrons, a white band and black spots circled with white, against gray-brown background. 

Similar species:  No other coppers have tails.


Host plant: Currants and gooseberries.

Habitat: Moist meadows, canyons, mountain canyons.

Range: Siskiyou Mtns, Southern Cascade Mtns, Klamath Mtns, Warner Mtns, central Willamette Valley.

Season: Mid-June to late September

Abundance: Locally common


Conservation Status: Secure