|Tailed Copper Butterfly - Lycaena arota|
Live adult butterflies photographed near Buena Vista, Colorado, USA. Family: Lycaenidae (Gossamer-wings)
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Identification: Each hindwing of both sexes has a tail. Upper surface of male copper-brown with iridescent purple sheen; female with orange and dark brown pattern. Underside of both sexes gray; forewing with black spots, hindwing with black scrawls and a band of submarginal white crescents.
Life cycle: Males perch in open areas, often near watercourses or ravines, in the morning to watch for females. Eggs are laid singly on host plant or on debris under it, and hibernate until the following spring.
Flight: One flight from May-August. Wing span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (3 - 3.5 cm).
Adult food: Flower nectar. Habitat: Open mixed woodland, sagebrush, chaparral.
These lovely coppers were taking on water from the Arkansas River near Buena Vista, Colorado.
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