Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1368712

Tailed Copper
Lycaena arota

Observation date: August 13, 2023
Submitted by: Dobber31
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Observed near the opening of Mill Creek canyon as it flows towards the NW corner of Mono Lake. Three individuals nectaring here as a thunderstorm was rapidly approaching. Flowers were below a large Ponderosa Pine about 100 feet from the creek. Familiar with coast side arotas, these are slightly different. Both seem to like the openings of canyons, though this one is more spectacular than those out on the coast.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: August 18, 2023
Coordinator notes: subspecies virginiensis
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Mono County