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Species Lycaena editha - Edith's Copper - Hodges#4254

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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 editha (Edith's Copper - Hodges#4254)
Hodges Number
4254
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
This species is in the subgenus Chalceria Scudder, 1876
This subgenus is sometimes separated as a distinct genus.
Range
From the Rockies in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado to the Sierras in California.
Habitat
Mostly upland, often mountain areas.
Food
Reported as Potentilla and Horkelia, both unusual for this subgenus.
Remarks
Sometimes considered to be a subspecies of Lycaena xanthoides, which it replaces to the east. It is a smaller, but similar and more strongly patterned insect. Lycaena dione is again larger, with smaller spots below, and replaces this species to the east.