Mtn Lakes Wilderness, Klamath Co, August 14 - male

Purplish Copper

Lycaena helloides

Size: 1 - 1.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Male above brownish with purple iridescence. Female above light orange with black spots and wide brown borders.   Male and female HW below lavender with submarginal orange zigzag line (females darker); FW below with black spots. 

Similar species: Lilac-bordered has distinctive two-toned HW below. Other coppers have white or grayish undersides.


Host plant: Docks (Rumex) and Knotweeds (Polygonum).

Habitat: Wide variety of habitats.

Range: All of Oregon.

Season: Late April to mid-October

Abundance: Common


Conservation Status: Secure