Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1175647

Ruddy Copper
Lycaena rubidus

Observation date: July 17, 2018
Submitted by: Lisahug
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: warm, sunny morning. photos might be different individuals. about 6 or 7 individuals seen in a small area.
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: A_baldini
Verified date: August 10, 2018
Coordinator notes: Correct identification. This species isn't commonly found up in the subalpine like this; it usually prefers torrid montane habitats under 9,500 feet. These ones probably migrated up in elevation along with the summer heat, or a population explosion in the montane pushed them up into the subalpine.
Checklist region(s): Clear Creek County, United States, Colorado