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American Copper (Male)

Lycaena phlaeas


The American Copper, Lycaena phlaeas, is a small butterfly distributed almost worldwide, characterized by the zigzagged orange markings on the hindwings and the black spots on both the forewings and the hindwings. The species name, phlaeas, can be derived from either the Greek word "phlegm," "to burn up" or from the Latin "floreo," "to flourish."


The larva commonly feeds on Sorrel, Dock, and other species of the Buckwheat family.


A beautiful butterfly, small, but a joy to find!

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Me too, Claire! It would be interesting to know!

ceherzog 8 years ago

I wonder what the author had in mind when he named the butterfly...Greek or Latin?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thank you, Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

nice spotting!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thank you, Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Very nice :)

Jacob Gorneau
Spotted by
Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2012
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

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