Attributes of Lycaena hermes

Hermes Copper
Lycaena hermes (W.H. Edwards, 1870)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Identification: Each hindwing has 1 tail. Upperside brown with yellow-orange patch surrounding black spots. Underside bright yellow; forewing with 4-6 black spots, hindwing with 3-6 black spots.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch to watch for females. Eggs are laid singly on twigs of host plant; they hibernate until the following spring. Caterpillars eat young leaves.
Flight: One flight from May-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Redberry (Rhamnus crocea) in the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of wild buckwheat (Eriogonum) in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae).
Habitat: Mixed woodlands, chaparral, and coastal sage scrub.
Range: Restricted range from San Diego County and adjacent Baja California Norte.
Conservation: Species of concern for U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many colonies lost to development or threatened by fire.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: Protect existing colonies from habitat loss and fragmentation.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
June 03, 2001 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) San Diego County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 03, 1991 legacy.reporter (G. Ballmer, J. Emmel) San Diego County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
June 08, 1985 legacy.reporter (Charles Sekerman) San Diego County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
June 12, 1994 legacy.reporter (Jack Levy) San Diego County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
June 01, 1993 legacy.reporter (Jack Levy) San Diego County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
June 16, 1924 legacy.reporter (J. A. Comstock) San Diego County, California, United States January 04, 2010 Details
June 18, 1924 legacy.reporter (J. A. Comstock) San Diego County, California, United States January 04, 2010 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (John R. Heitzman) San Diego County, California, United States December 17, 2009 Details
May 29, 1936 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) San Diego County, California, United States October 15, 2009 Details
May 31, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) San Diego County, California, United States August 28, 2009 Details
June 01, 1932 legacy.reporter (C. Dammers) San Diego County, California, United States August 28, 2009 Details
June 13, 1924 legacy.reporter (J. A. Comstock) San Diego County, California, United States August 28, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 11, 1955 legacy.reporter (F.T. Thorne) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 25, 1968 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 15, 1969 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 08, 1969 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 19, 1938 legacy.reporter (Tom Merit) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 07, 1959 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
May 20, 1997 legacy.reporter (N. Bloomfield) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
May 26, 1997 legacy.reporter (N. Bloomfield) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
May 08, 1997 legacy.reporter (N. Bloomfield) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
May 14, 1997 legacy.reporter (N. Bloomfield) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 07, 1966 legacy.reporter (K.G. Denton) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 03, 1967 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
July 02, 1906 legacy.reporter (G. Field) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
July 01, 1906 legacy.reporter (G. Field) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
June 10, 1997 legacy.reporter (N. Bloomfield) San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baja California Norte, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details