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Species Lycaena nivalis - Lilac-bordered Copper - Hodges#4263

Sulphur butterfly - Lycaena nivalis Lilac-Bordered Copper? - Lycaena nivalis - male Lilac-bordered Copper Butterfly - Lycaena nivalis - male Lilac-bordered Copper? - Lycaena nivalis - female Copper species? - Lycaena nivalis - female Copper species? - Lycaena nivalis - female Lilac-bordered Copper - Lycaena nivalis - male Lycaena nivalis - 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)
Genus Lycaena
Species nivalis (Lilac-bordered Copper - Hodges#4263)
Hodges Number
4263
Identification
Similar to Dorcas, Bog, & Purplish Coppers (Lycaena dorcas, helloides, & episanthe). Difficult to distinguish just looking at upper side, but lower side of hind wing is distinctly yellowish toward base and pinkish or purplish on the outher half. Faded individuals look most like Bog Coppers below, but they are not found in the same regions.
Range
Mountains of western North America, from southern British Columbia and northern Montana south through Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Usually only at high elevations southward.
Habitat
Mostly relatively dry open areas, often in Sagebrush areas and often on slopes near or in washes, hollows, arroyos. Sometimes in open sunny woodland areas.
Season
Adults in mid-summer. Overwinters as eggs.
Food
Larval hosts are species of Knotweed - Polygonum - family Polygonaceae [perhaps restricted to Polygonum douglasii.
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