Attributes of Lycaena heteronea

Blue Copper
Lycaena heteronea Boisduval, 1852

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Identification: Upper surface of male bright blue, with darker veins; female dull blue to dark brown with numerous small dark spots. Underside of both sexes white to yellow-white; hindwing varies from having many to few black spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Most males patrol near host plants for females, but some perch. Females lay eggs singly on bracts under host leaves or umbels; eggs hatch the following spring. Young caterpillars feed on the underside of leaf; older ones eat all parts of the leaf.
Flight: One flight from May-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum species) in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers, including wild buckwheat.
Habitat: Brushy areas, open forest, mountain meadows, sagebrush; mostly at high elevations except for low elevations in central California.
Range: British Columbia south and east through southcentral California, northern Arizona, and northern New Mexico.
Conservation: Lycaena heteronea has The Nature Conservancy Global Rank of G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery. Varied Copper (subspecies clara) of southern California has been evaluated for conservation, and has The Nature Conservancy rank of T2 - Imperiled because of rarity (6 to 20 occurrences), or because of other factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range. (Endangered throughout its range).
NCGR:
Management Needs: None reported.
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alpine County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Amador County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Calaveras County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colusa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Del Norte County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter El Dorado County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Fresno County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Humboldt County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kern County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kings County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lassen County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Madera County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Marin County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mariposa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Modoc County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mono County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Napa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Nevada County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Placer County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Plumas County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sacramento County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Bernardino County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Francisco County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Joaquin County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Mateo County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Shasta County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sierra County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Siskiyou County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sonoma County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tehama County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Trinity County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tulare County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tuolumne County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ventura County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yuba County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colusa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alamosa County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Archuleta County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Boulder County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chaffee County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Conejos County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Costilla County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Custer County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dolores County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details