Hermes Copper

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Hermes Copper butterfly(lycaena hermes)
Lycaena hermes.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena
Species: L. hermes
Binomial name
Lycaena hermes
(Edwards, 1870)
Lycaena hermes range map.JPG

The Hermes Copper (Lycaena hermes) is a species of butterfly in the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Mexico and southern California in the United States. It is known from a small number of areas. Forest fires in the San Diego area in 2003 and 2007 destroyed most of the populations.[1]

The wingspan is 25-32 mm. The upperside of the wings is brown with an orange area, which is bordered by black dots. The underside of the wings is bright yellow with black dots.

The larvae feed on Rhamnus crocea.