Attributes of Lycaena helloides

Purplish Copper
Lycaena helloides (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Identification: Upperside of male brown with purple iridescence; female more orange. Hindwing of both sexes with broad orange band at margin.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch and sometimes patrol in low spots for females. Eggs are scattered at the base of the host plant or in litter beneath it. Eggs hibernate; caterpillars feed on leaves.
Flight: Three or four flights in lower elevation California. Two flights in many areas from May-July and from August-October. One flight at high altitude and far northern habitats from July-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Knotweeds (Polygonum) and docks (Rumex) in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae), cinquefoils in the rose family (Rosaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Disturbed areas including roadsides and open fields; wet meadows, marshes, streamsides, and valleys.
Range: Great Lakes area through the northern Midwest and northern plains to British Columbia, south to Baja California. Comments: The distinction between the Purplish Copper and the Dorcas Copper is blurred in the Rocky Mountains. These populations here are considered under the Purplish Copper.
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 04, 2016 ncrosbyrd Tuolumne County, California, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 ncrosbyrd Tuolumne County, California, United States July 26, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 ncrosbyrd Kern County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 ncrosbyrd Sierra County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 Bdog San Bernardino County, California, United States July 20, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada June 01, 2016 Details
October 19, 2015 COA1955 Morgan County, Colorado, United States March 08, 2016 Details
June 18, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
May 22, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
June 12, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States January 18, 2016 Details
August 28, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 30, 2015 Details
March 24, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 17, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 Sue Orlowski Adams County, Washington, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 Sue Orlowski Adams County, Washington, United States October 08, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 20, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 18, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 18, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 16, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 15, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 randimal Clallam County, Washington, United States July 23, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada July 10, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada July 10, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada July 10, 2015 Details
April 09, 2015 ajrobinson Humboldt County, California, United States April 15, 2015 Details
September 23, 2014 jim8435wisc Adams County, Wisconsin, United States December 29, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 jim8435wisc Adams County, Wisconsin, United States December 29, 2014 Details
November 02, 2013 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 25, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 LibbyMegna Teton County, Wyoming, United States September 10, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 Sue Orlowski Jefferson County, Washington, United States August 27, 2014 Details
September 09, 2008 Carl Freeman Benzie County, Michigan, United States August 12, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 skywatcher British Columbia, Canada June 15, 2014 Details
April 12, 2014 mudgrub12 Placer County, California, United States June 02, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Samuel Grijalva Solano County, California, United States May 28, 2014 Details
August 31, 2013 kdg54ca7775 British Columbia, Canada April 04, 2014 Details
July 23, 2013 J_Martineau Albany County, Wyoming, United States February 11, 2014 Details
July 18, 2013 M Mimura San Miguel County, Colorado, United States February 10, 2014 Details
August 28, 2013 toddewen Lake County, Colorado, United States February 10, 2014 Details
October 10, 2013 icosahedron Sonoma County, California, United States January 17, 2014 Details
October 07, 2013 icosahedron Sonoma County, California, United States January 07, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 05, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 03, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 wsensei Harney County, Oregon, United States October 09, 2013 Details
September 10, 2013 jim8435wisc Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States September 25, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 cowbug3 Humboldt County, California, United States September 24, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 Geoff Urwin Saskatchewan, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
August 27, 2013 raymond smith British Columbia, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 snowcat Skagit County, Washington, United States August 21, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 snowcat Skagit County, Washington, United States August 21, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 randimal King County, Washington, United States August 20, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 irshprncsk Skamania County, Washington, United States August 12, 2013 Details