Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1300633

Ruddy Copper
Lycaena rubidus

Observation date: July 13, 2021
Submitted by: topper72
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Few Clouds but hazy from distant wildfires. Temp lower 70s F, very slight breeze. Quite a few wonderfully colored males (10-12) seen patrolling and perching in a thick patch of Canada thistle and sometimes nectaring on small yellow flowers and mullein. One female observed landing on thistle at the edge of the thick patch, then working down through the thistle to the ground. She walked around some on the vegetation on the ground (hard to see through the thistle) then would come back up through the thistle plant and fly a little ways to the next thistle and move down to the ground again repeating the process. Observed this 3 times before I lost track of her. Some small dock plants scattered amongst thistle, but did not see her on the dock plants.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: July 16, 2021
Coordinator notes: I appreciate the observation details. not sure what she was doing . . . beautiful photos!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico