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copper orange butterfly

Zela Metalmark (Emesis zela)

This unique and beautifully patterned butterfly is a must-see. It is a brownish red with bright orange on the hind wings and pinkish brown on the underside of the wings. Common near dry areas and oak woodlands, the males will often wait for females in valley bottoms. The Zela Metalmark would be a great addition to any Arizona butterfly garden.

Family: Metalmarks (Riodinidae)

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Average Wingspan: 1" - 1 1/4"

Habitat: Foothills, canyons, streams, wooded areas

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

Zela Metalmark Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Male (open wing) - Nature Pals
Male ) closed wing) - Nature Pals

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