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Santa Barbara Field Guides - Butterflies
Lepidoptera
   Lycaenidae

     Lycaena xanthoides
     Great Copper


male upperside
male underside
female upperside
female underside

Size: wingspread 1.25-1.75 in.
Recognition: Large (for a lycaenid) with short tail; Male is gray with black outer wing fringes and spots; with orange markings on lower edge of HW; female lighter gray with some yellow areas and black spots on FW, also has orange markings along bottom edge of HW; both sexes somewhat variable.
Flight period: Adults are active from mid May to July.
Hostplants: The larvae feed on docks (Rumex - Polygonaceae).
Habitat: They are found flying along hillsides, canyons, chaparral, and are frequently found nectaring.
Distribution: They are found from southern Oregon to Baja California, including most of low to mid-elevation California.

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