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Close-up photo of pinned male American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) dorsal view

Oregon State Arthropod Collection #0000819569 - male

Thank you to Dana Ross and Paul Hammond, volunteers at OSAC!

American Copper

Lycaena hypophlaeas

Size: 0.75- 1.25 inches wingspan

Key ID features:  Above FW coppery orange with black spots and dark brown borders.  Above HW gray-brown with wide orange band along most of trailing margin.  Below HW gray with black spots, orange wavy submarginal line.

Similar species:  Upperside is unlike any other copper.  Separated from Purplish Copper by location and habitat.


Host plant: Suspected to be Mountain Sorrel (Oxyria digyna).

Habitat: Steep high-elevation talus slopes.

Range: High peaks in the Wallowa Mtns.

Season: Mid-August to mid-September

Abundance: Uncommon


Conservation Status: Secure

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