Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1309573

Lilac-bordered Copper
Lycaena nivalis

Observation date: August 28, 2021
Submitted by: Cascade Colors
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: October 06, 2021
Coordinator notes: By virtue of the fact that you show three photos, you have two different coppers. I have identified the upper photos (both the same individual) which is the Lilac-bordered Copper. The third individual is definitely the Mountain Copper - Lycaena florus. You can see how the Lilac looks larger with broader wings and the band at the base of the hindwings is narrower and the spots more connected. Very worn individual - male. The Mountain Copper is not quite as old. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Grand County