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Purplish Copper - f. on Yarrow

Lycaena helloides - f


Small butterfly, white trim on outer edges of all wings, black and white striped antennae, the overall effect is of zigzag stripes in orange and dark brown/black.


Yarrow in subalpine scrub on Blackwall Peak, Manning Park, BC, Northern Cascades mountain range.


@ bayucca - is this an easier one to ID? Thanks for all your help!!


This one in the link from Gettyimages is very similar to mine!

So I am looking at another spotting of mine from the same location which I ID'ed as a possible male Purplish Copper and thinking it is very pale compared to this possible female:
but I still think it is the right ID. Any comments on this one?

Thanks for all the ID suggestions and help. I really appreciate it! Busy, yes, I understand, bayucca. But even if I don't get the time to look at all the links you have included here right now, I will pursue it eventually and learn from them. Thanks too Paul and James!

bayucca 5 years ago

Apoolgize Paul, but I hat to make a pause yesterday evening due to a meeting and had no time to post my comment with all the links. But it seems that we had the same candidate. :-)
@Kathleen: To answer your question @ bayucca - is this an easier one to ID? Not really ;-)

bayucca 5 years ago

Lycaenidae, Lycaeninae, Lycaena sp., so a Copper Butterfly, and looks like being Lycaena helloides. However, there is a complete mess with the common names of Purplish Copper, which is sometimes also Lycaena dorcas. Some mean theat Dorcas is just a southern segregate from Helloides. So, please, verify and/or ask a local copper crack to confirm. I add some links which also might help. I am a little bit too busy to check them for hours ;-)...

Another similar one would be Lycaena nivalis??

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 5 years ago

Hi Kathleen ,I would say it is a female Purplish Copper --Lycaena helloides .But i am not certain .

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Kathleen, lovely spotting, check out the Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta) and the Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella) See what you think!

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British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jul 28, 2015
Submitted on Aug 10, 2015

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