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Tailed Copper

Lycaena arota


Small butterfly with gray dorsal coloring that includes black spots and a white band near the wings edge. There is a coppery shine off the dorsal side; however, this particular specimen is much paler than others I've seen. The dorsal side is copper colored with a dark edging (not pictured).


Along a river about 5,000 ft in elevation in Yosemite National Park. This butterfly is found in the western US and Baja California.

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California, USA

Lat: 37.87, Long: -119.54

Spotted on Jun 27, 2017
Submitted on Jul 7, 2017

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