Lycaena mariposa

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Mariposa copper
Lycaena mariposa.jpeg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena
Species: L. mariposa
Binomial name
Lycaena mariposa
(Reakirt, 1866)[1]
Synonyms
  • Polyommatus mariposa Reakirt, 1866
  • Polyommatus zeroe Boisduval, 1869
  • Epidemia zeroe Dyar, 1903
  • Epidemia mariposa Dyar, 1903

Lycaena mariposa, the mariposa copper, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in western Canada and the United States.[2]

The wingspan is 23–28 mm. Adults are on wing from mid-July to August.[2]

The larvae feed on Vaccinium arbuscula and Polygonum douglasii.[2][1]

Subspecies[edit]

  • Lycaena mariposa penroseae
  • Lycaena mariposa charlottensis

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lycaena at Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera
  2. ^ a b c Mariposa Copper, Butterflies of Canada