Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1256918

Ruddy Copper
Lycaena rubidus

Observation date: June 26, 2020
Submitted by: joeschelling
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: 20+ individuals observed typically perched on a large patch of Rumex salicifolius var mexicanus (Willow leaved Dock or Mexican Dock). Photos of dorsal view of female and male are attached.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: July 05, 2020
Coordinator notes: Joe, I think you got one ruddy copper male, (bottom photo) and one purplish copper female (upper photo). Females of each do look a lot like the other, but I think it is purplish based on the FW submargin. Purplish females have a wide, dark submarginal band unbroken by any orange spots, which matches your photo. Ruddy females have a half row of pale orange spots within that black band, toward the FW back edge. do you see? I'll accept this under "Ruddy." If you want to look through your images and submit again with male and female Ruddy, I can approve that and delete this present one as a duplicate. it does seem early for female Ruddies, but this is an odd year. feel free to email me separately if you want to discuss in more detail.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico