Attributes of Lycaena cupreus

Lustrous Copper
Lycaena cupreus (W.H. Edwards, 1870)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Identification: Upperside is shiny coppery red with small black spots and black border. Spots are larger in female. Underside is gray with many small black spots; forewing with overall copper tinge and black submarginal line; hindwing submarginal line is red.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.9 - 3.1 cm).
Life History: Males perch and patrol for females in hollows of open areas. Females lay eggs singly on or near host plant leaves; which the caterpillars then eat. Half-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One flight from June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants of the Knotweed family (Polygonaceae) including alpine sorrel (Rumex pauciflorus), and other Rumex and Oxyria species.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Mountain meadows, sagebrush flats, glacial cirques, rocky treeless areas.
Range: At high elevations in the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia south to New Mexico. Moderate to high elevations on Pacific Slope; Oregon to Sierra Nevada of California; western Nevada.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 19, 2014 J_Martineau Johnson County, Wyoming, United States December 04, 2014 Details
June 26, 1985 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lyon County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 15, 1986 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Carson City County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 04, 2012 eal79 Tulare County, California, United States July 17, 2012 Details
July 01, 2012 eal79 Fresno County, California, United States July 16, 2012 Details
July 01, 2012 eal79 Fresno County, California, United States July 16, 2012 Details
July 02, 2012 eal79 Tulare County, California, United States July 16, 2012 Details
June 12, 2012 lhrobinson9672 Park County, Wyoming, United States July 02, 2012 Details
May 31, 2012 Nancy Lea Sandy Natrona County, Wyoming, United States June 01, 2012 Details
June 26, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mono County, California, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 28, 1980 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Douglas County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 26, 1980 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Douglas County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 12, 2009 RaisingButterflies.org Cache County, Utah, United States November 26, 2011 Details
July 18, 2011 Christian.Nunes Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States July 31, 2011 Details
June 30, 2005 legacy.reporter (Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland) Mono County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 27, 2009 legacy.reporter (John Lane) Sierra County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 12, 1971 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) El Dorado County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 26, 1976 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Siskiyou County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 10, 2010 stevecary Taos County, New Mexico, United States January 25, 2011 Details
July 17, 2007 stevecary Taos County, New Mexico, United States January 25, 2011 Details
August 01, 2010 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States January 23, 2011 Details
July 03, 2011 legacy.reporter (Paul M. Thompson) Tuolumne County, California, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 10, 1967 legacy.reporter (Emmel, Shields & Ellis) Elko County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 16, 2010 legacy.reporter (Paul Opler and EviBuckner-Opler ) Madison County, Montana, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 19, 2010 legacy.reporter (Paul Opler and EviBuckner-Opler ) Teton County, Wyoming, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 04, 2008 legacy.reporter (Jack Vaughn) Fresno County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
May 07, 1989 legacy.reporter (Laurence Crabtree) Plumas County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
June 28, 1975 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Sierra County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
July 05, 1969 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Calaveras County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 17, 1960 legacy.reporter (Tom & John Emmel) Placer County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
July 15, 1960 legacy.reporter (Tom & John Emmel) Placer County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
July 23, 1995 legacy.reporter (Jeffrey Glassberg) Tuolumne County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
July 12, 1920 legacy.reporter (Jean Gunder) Mono County, California, United States January 04, 2010 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (John R. Heitzman) Sierra County, California, United States December 17, 2009 Details
July 07, 1931 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
August 13, 1950 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 09, 1958 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
August 24, 1958 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
August 07, 1933 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
August 08, 1933 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 29, 1934 legacy.reporter (Edmund Godwin) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 19, 1956 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 18, 1957 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
August 15, 1957 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 04, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 09, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
August 01, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 18, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 29, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
July 27, 1957 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details