Attributes of Lycaena arota

Tailed Copper
Lycaena arota (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Identification: Each hindwing of both sexes has a tail. Upper surface of male copper-brown with iridescent purple sheen; female with orange and dark brown pattern. Underside of both sexes gray; forewing with black spots, hindwing with black scrawls and a band of submarginal white crescents.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (3 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Males perch in open areas, often near watercourses or ravines, in the morning to watch for females. Eggs are laid singly on host plant or on debris under it, and hibernate until the following spring. Caterpillars eat leaves.
Flight: One flight from May-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of gooseberry and currant (Ribes species) in the Grossulariaceae family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open mixed woodland, sagebrush, chaparral.
Range: New Mexico north and west to Oregon, south to southern California and Baja California.
Conservation: Clouded copper, subspecies nubila, has greatly declined in the vicinity of Los Angeles, California. Lycaena arota nubila has The Nature Conservancy rank of T1 - Critically imperiled because of extreme rarity (5 or fewer occurrences, or very few remaining individuals), or because of some factor of its biology making it especially vulnerable to extinction. (Critically endangered throughout its range).
NCGR:
Management Needs: Conserve remaining habitat of clouded copper. Consider habitat rehabilitation and reintroduction.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
June 22, 2014 Robert Gorman Riverside County, California, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Robert Gorman Riverside County, California, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Robert Gorman Riverside County, California, United States June 23, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Robert Gorman Riverside County, California, United States June 23, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 badyak Santa Clara County, California, United States June 02, 2014 Details
May 23, 2014 Nancy Hamlett Los Angeles County, California, United States May 26, 2014 Details
August 27, 2013 plex1ppus Klamath County, Oregon, United States October 09, 2013 Details
June 23, 1984 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lincoln County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 31, 1987 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Eureka County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 21, 1995 legacy.reporter (John B. Vernon) Lyon County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 29, 2012 Niayre Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States August 03, 2012 Details
June 30, 2010 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 17, 1968 legacy.reporter (unknown) Modoc County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 03, 1944 legacy.reporter (unknown) Los Angeles County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 20, 1986 legacy.reporter (unknown) Los Angeles County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 07, 1949 legacy.reporter (unknown) Los Angeles County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 27, 1923 legacy.reporter (unknown) Storey County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 09, 1969 legacy.reporter (Callaghan) Lander County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 01, 1990 legacy.reporter (Scott North) Humboldt County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
August 05, 1979 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Trinity County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
August 06, 1978 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 16, 1978 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 05, 1976 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Trinity County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 06, 1976 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Trinity County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 07, 1976 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 07, 1976 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Trinity County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 08, 1976 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Trinity County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 20, 1979 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
June 23, 1987 paulopler (Paul Opler) Merced County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
August 01, 1983 legacy.reporter (John F. Emmel) Inyo County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
July 11, 1982 legacy.reporter (R. Langston, D. Parkinson) Mendocino County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
August 16, 1981 legacy.reporter (Sterling Mattoon) Siskiyou County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
August 08, 1981 legacy.reporter (Sterling Mattoon) Lassen County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
July 12, 1988 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
July 22, 1990 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
September 07, 1983 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
August 20, 1987 legacy.reporter (Laurence Crabtree) Tehama County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
August 01, 1986 legacy.reporter (Laurence Crabtree) Plumas County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
August 01, 1987 legacy.reporter (Laurence Crabtree) Lassen County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
July 12, 1988 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
July 22, 1990 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
September 07, 1983 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
June 23, 1974 legacy.reporter (Bruce Walsh) Monterey County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
September 15, 2000 legacy.reporter (Bill Gendron) Los Angeles County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 30, 1972 legacy.reporter (George Balogh) San Benito County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
March 20, 1971 legacy.reporter (Dennis Sorg) Santa Clara County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
May 28, 1972 legacy.reporter (Charles Sexton) Orange County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 12, 1972 legacy.reporter (Larry Orsak) Orange County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 29, 1973 legacy.reporter (Larry Orsak) Orange County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 29, 1973 legacy.reporter (Larry Orsak) Orange County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details