Lycaena hyllus

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Bronze copper
Bronze Copper, Petrie Island.jpg
Petrie Island, Ottawa
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena
Species: L. hyllus
Binomial name
Lycaena hyllus
(Cramer, [1775])
  • Papilio hyllus

Lycaena hyllus, the bronze copper, is a butterfly of the lycaenids family found in North America.[1][2]


The upperside has a brown background with golden zig-zag borders along the margins of the hindwings. Females have lighter areas in the forewings with several dark spots within the lighter areas. The undersides are primarily white with dark spots and underlying orange areas. The wingspan is 23 to 38 mm.[2]


It is widespread from Alberta to northern Nevada in the west through to the east coasts of Canada and United States.[1]

Host plants[edit]

Water dock and curled dock.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Jim P. Brock and K. Kaufman. Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America, New York, NY:Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
  2. ^ a b Lycaena hyllus, Butterflies of Canada

External links[edit]

  • Lycaena at Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera