Picture of American Cooper (Lycaena phlaeas)

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American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

The flashy orange sections of the American Copper wings bring a delightful splash of life and joy to your garden. This medium sized beauty will not be outshone by larger butterflies. The black wing markings blend into wild patterns and bold shapes. Outlined in a shimmering gossamer grey and white, the American Copper magically floats on gentle and majestic wing beats. Catching a glimpse of this butterfly in your garden will bring a smile to your face and remind you why these creatures are lovely and captivating.

Family: Gossamer Wing (Lycaenidae)

Subfamily: Copper (Lycaeninae)

Average Wingspan: 7/8" - 1 3/8"

Habitat: Road edges, fields, pastures

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

American Copper Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Open wing - Fred Miller
Closed wing - Fred Miller

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