American Copper

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May 6, 2010

These little butterflies are extremely bright when “fresh.” At the right angle, in bright sunlight, the orange upper surface of the wings can appear almost red. The caterpillars are little green slug-like things.

American Copper

American Copper

Coppers are feisty little critters, and they will chase just about any other butterfly that strays into their territory.

There is some debate over whether or not the American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) is actually a native American. The European species is extremely similar in appearance and habits, and the American Copper caterpillar feeds primarily on Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)–a European species probably brought over for food, medicine, and curdling cheese. However, American Coppers do feed on other members of the Dock family (Rumex).

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