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Subfamily Lycaeninae - Coppers

Dorcas Copper - Lycaena dorcas American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas Little Butterfly - Lycaena helloides - male Blue butterfly - Lycaena arota Lilac-bordered Copper - Lycaena nivalis - female Copper? - Lycaena nivalis Lycaena hyllus - male Lycaena dione - female
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Lycaenidae (Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Harvesters)
Subfamily Lycaeninae (Coppers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Often considered as a tribe - "Lycaenini" under a broader concept of subfamily Lycaeninae, which also incudes Blues and Hairstreaks (and others) as just tribes.
Numbers
Only one genus is represented in North America north of Mexico - Lycaena, with approximately four or more additional occuring in other regions.
Range
Nearly world-wide, mostly in boreal, temperate, or montane regions; not in South America or Australia (but present in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand).
Food
Primarily members of family Polygonaceae, including genera Rumex, Oxyria, Polygonum, Eriogonum, Muehlenbeckia, etc. Occasionally other families such as Rosaceae (Dasiphora, Potentilla), Ericaceae (Vaccinium), and Fabaceae (Cytisus).