Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1307345

Great Copper
Lycaena xanthoides

Observation date: August 09, 2021
Submitted by: MAKI
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Noticed this butterfly at first because of its size compared to the Acmon Blue I was trying to photograph. It was on the ground in meadow area near Square Lake. Much of the surrounding area had burnt in last year's August Complex Fire.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: August 17, 2021
Coordinator notes: If this is subspecies nigromaculata, it would be a range extension and a COUNTY record. The question is how large are the spots below in the general population. It would also be a state LATE record for California. No way to tell without seeing a series.-Ken Davenport.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Tehama County