Attributes of Lycaena hyllus

Bronze Copper
Lycaena hyllus (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Identification: Upperside of male iridescent copper-brown; female forewing yellow-orange with black spots. Underside forewing of both sexes orange with black spots; underside hindwing is gray-white with black spots and a broad orange outer margin.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 7/8 inches (3.2 - 4.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch on low growth near host plants to watch for females. Eggs are laid singly on plants. Eggs hibernate until spring; caterpillars eat leaves.
Flight: Two in the north and west, from June-September; three in southern part of range, from May-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Herbs of the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae) including curly dock (Rumex crispus).
Adult Food: Adults visit flowers only occasionally, but have been seen taking nectar at blackberry and red clover.
Habitat: Low, wet areas such as bogs, marshes, wet meadows, ponds.
Range: Maine west across southern Canada and the Great Lake states to eastern Montana and central Colorado; south to Arkansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Maryland.
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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May 08, 2016 bjones7777 Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States May 08, 2016 Details
August 09, 2015 Appy-Brown Grand Isle County, Vermont, United States November 09, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 curtis.lehman Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States November 01, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States October 01, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Elizabeth Wolfe Meigs County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Tommie Rogers Meigs County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 aarongunnar Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 magpie Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 aarongunnar Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 03, 2015 brodacki Ontario, Canada September 06, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States September 06, 2015 Details
June 28, 2011 Carolyn Seaton Lake County, Illinois, United States September 04, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 W. R. Evans Tompkins County, New York, United States September 03, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 jim8435wisc Wood County, Wisconsin, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 Doug Backlund Stanley County, South Dakota, United States July 22, 2015 Details
June 16, 2015 Sue Orlowski Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States July 13, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 06, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 23, 2015 Details
August 04, 2014 Peter Kennerley Ontario, Canada June 21, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 Stylurus Cass County, Michigan, United States June 20, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 rowley Wayne County, New York, United States June 18, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 AJ Trently Shelby County, Tennessee, United States May 11, 2015 Details
September 01, 2014 Luvnstuff Saskatchewan, Canada March 11, 2015 Details
August 26, 2014 jani Manitoba, Canada September 14, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 Joe Sebastiani Kent County, Delaware, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 rogerashton Erie County, Ohio, United States August 14, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States August 11, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 ms722 Butler County, Ohio, United States July 16, 2014 Details
May 31, 2010 Jake a Bob Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States July 15, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 KristyBaker Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 birder89 Cabell County, West Virginia, United States May 26, 2014 Details
October 01, 2013 Chip Krilowicz Salem County, New Jersey, United States March 24, 2014 Details
October 18, 2013 crprice Stoddard County, Missouri, United States October 22, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 Sue Gregoire Schuyler County, New York, United States October 12, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 glphoto Lake County, Minnesota, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 29, 2013 billanddogs St Lawrence County, New York, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States August 27, 2013 Details
July 30, 2013 James Fox Monroe County, Michigan, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 Greg Smith Gratiot County, Michigan, United States July 30, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 bjones7777 Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States July 30, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 razer9672 Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States July 16, 2013 Details
June 25, 2013 doris potter Quebec, Canada June 26, 2013 Details
June 22, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States June 24, 2013 Details
October 21, 2012 birder89 Cabell County, West Virginia, United States May 29, 2013 Details
June 17, 2012 dpgbfly1 Isanti County, Minnesota, United States January 08, 2013 Details
June 14, 2012 LinRandolph Lake County, Ohio, United States January 07, 2013 Details
September 12, 2012 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States September 13, 2012 Details
August 21, 2012 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada August 24, 2012 Details