Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1241369

Observation date: June 19, 1999
Submitted by: Jay Cossey
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This male Bog Copper landed only for a few seconds before chasing another male from his territory. The two males spiral high into the sky before returning to perch on vegetation. They're not too picky about their perch--even an Arethusa bulbosa (orchid) will suffice. I've only seen them nectar on wild cranberry flowers. Males only opened their wings when the sun shone. If a cloud (or my shadow) obscured the sun, they immediately closed their wings. Very challenging species to photograph! Scanned from original photographs, taken on Kodachrome 64 film.
Status: Resident
Verified by: rosslayberry
Verified date: January 22, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Canada, Ontario