Mtn Lakes Wilderness, Klamath Co, August 14 - male

Lilac-Bordered Copper

Lycaena nivalis

Size: 1 - 1.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Male above brownish with orange zigzag line on trailing margin. Female above light orange with black spots and borders.   HW below two-toned, creamy yellow next to the body, and lilac in the outer half, with vague zigzag orange line (colors brighter in female).

Similar species: Purplish lacks distinctive two-toned HW below. Other coppers have white or grayish undersides.


Host plant: Knotweeds (Polygonum).

Habitat: Mountain meadows, openings in fir and pine forests.

Range: All of Oregon's mountains except Coast Range.

Season: Mid-May to late August

Abundance: Common


Conservation Status: Secure