Ditch Cr, Morrow Co, September 5 - Female

Edith's Copper

Lycaena editha

Size: 1.1 - 1.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Female above gray-brown with black spots and orange "arches" along upper HW trailing margin. Male above gray, with only a few small spots along HW trailing margin.    Below HW grayish brown with brown spots outlined with darker brown, and submarginal white band. Female with bolder orange line along VHW trailing margin. 

Similar species:  Separated from Great Copper by size, and HW spots below being brown (rather than black).

 

Host plant: Dock (Rumex) species and Knotweeks (Polygonum).

Habitat: Meadows, open areas along streams, roadsides.

Range: Widespread in Siskiyou Mtns, Klamath Mtns, Warner Mtns, Southern Cascade Mtns, Ochoco Mtns, Blue Mtns. Wallowa Mtns.

Season: Mid-June to early September

Abundance: Common

 

Conservation Status: Secure

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