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Lycaena phlaeas

Common Name: American Copper
Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena
Species: Lycaena phlaeas

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

American copper butterflies have a 1" wingspan. They are a shiny red-orange color and have black spots across teir wings. The underside of their wings is a gray-brown.

Habitat & Range

These butterflies are found in open and disturbed habitat. Their range includes Eastern and central America as well as may areas of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa.


American copper butterflies are active throughout the day. They will feed on the nectar of buttercups, clovers, yarrow, daisy, and other plants.

Life Cycle

The larvae of this species will hide under rocks and logs before turning into a chrysalis. Adults may only live 2 weeks in some parts of their range.

Featured image by Michael Apel


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