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Subfamily Lycaeninae - Coppers

Bronze Copper - Lycaena hyllus Mariposa Copper - Lycaena mariposa - male Butterfly to ID if possible - Lycaena mariposa - female Mariposa Copper - Lycaena mariposa - male dorcas - Dorcas Copper - but what subspecies? - Lycaena helloides - female Butterfly ID needed - Lycaena mariposa Blue butterfly - Lycaena arota Blue Copper - Lycaena heteronea - male
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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).