Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)

Widespread in the western US and into sw Canada in a variety of habitats and elevations with much variation and many named subspecies.
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)

Males are bright blue above with black veins. In many populations, the underhindwings are nearly white with very faded spots, contrasting sharply with the bold spots in the underforewing.

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2013
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2013

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)

Females are blue-gray to coppery-brown dorsally.

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2013
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Morrell Lookout, Powell Co., MT
14 July 2015

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
2 July 2014

This worn male is courting a disinterested female.


Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Lemhi Pass, MT
20 July 2014

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
29 June 2015
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Lemhi Pass, MT
20 July 2014

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Red Mountain, Lewis and Clark Co., MT
15 July 2015
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Red Mountain, Lewis and Clark Co., MT
15 July 2015

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
8 July 2015


Below are California Blue Coppers
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Just west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Just west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007
Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)
Just west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007

Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013

Sulphur Buckwheat is one of the caterpillar food plants for Blue Coppers.



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