Santa Barbara Field Guides – Butterflies|
wingspread 1-1.25 in.|
Recognition: Male is brown with faint purplish iridescence, with short orange tail; female is brown with yellow areas in FW and orange markings along bottom of HW.
Flight period: Adults are active from late May to July.
Hostplants: The larvae feed on wild currants and gooseberries (Ribes - Grossulariaceae).
Habitat: They are found in foothill forests and canyons.
Distribution: The Tailed Copper occurs from southwestern Oregon south to Baja California, and east into Utah and New Mexico.