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Species Lycaena mariposa - Mariposa Copper - Hodges#4264

Purplish Copper - Lycaena mariposa - male Butterfly to ID - Lycaena mariposa - male Purplish Copper - Lycaena mariposa - female An azure sp? - Lycaena mariposa Lilac-bordered Copper? - Lycaena mariposa Lycaena mariposa - male Copper - Lycaena mariposa Copper species? - Lycaena mariposa
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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 mariposa (Mariposa Copper - Hodges#4264)
Hodges Number
4264
Identification
Similar above to Bog, Lilac-bordered, Purplish, and Dorcas Coppers, but the margins (finges) are checkered. On the hind wing below the dark spot pattern is much stronger on a pale whitish, grayish, or brownish background; many of the spots tend to connect into wavy lines, and the dark spots often run together on the upper hind wing of the females as well.
Range
Western Mountains from s. Alaska, Yukon & Northwest Territories southward through western Canada and northwestern US to Wyoming, northern Utah, Idaho, and southern California (furthest south in the southern Sierra Nevada). Also isolated in Cypress Hills in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Habitat
Mountain meadows, particularly near forest edges.
Season
Adults in a single brood in summer (mostly July & August).
Food
Plants in the Heather family (Ericaceae), primarily (entirely?) species of Vaccinium. Perhaps (???) also Shrubby Cinquefoil - Dasiphora fruticosa - family Rosaceae.