Scott Lake, Lane Co, August 10 

Mariposa

Copper

Lycaena mariposa

Size: 1 - 1.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Male above brown with purple iridescence when fresh. Female above bright orange with black spots and borders.   HW below silver-gray like weathered wood with black chevrons. FW below orange-brown with black spots, gray-brown border, submarginal row of black chevrons bordered in white.

Similar species: Silver-gray HW below is distinctive, lacking spots or orange.

 

Host plant: Huckleberries (Vaccinium).

Habitat: Mountain meadows, sunny roadsides, lake edges.

Range: Cascade Range, Ochoco Mtns, Blue Mtns, Wallowas Mtns.

Season: Late May to late September

Abundance: Common

 

Conservation Status: Secure

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