Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1093940

Dorcas Copper
Lycaena dorcas

Observation date: August 03, 2016
Submitted by: kmelville
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: There were hundreds of these butterflies in the dryer part of the salt marsh near Peters River within the Bathurst city limits on this hot sunny day. This was my third day in a row observing them. They were flying just above the grasses and landing frequently. While some fed on Sea Lavender, many were mating. This particular male tried for several minutes to mate with a female but was unsuccessful.
Status: Resident
Verified by: rosslayberry
Verified date: August 14, 2016
Coordinator notes: BAMONA stupidly refuses to accept L. dospassosi as a species, so I have to call it L. dorcas. Sorry about that. Ross Layberry
Checklist region(s): Canada, New Brunswick