The American Copper is a small butterfly with orange and brown wings. The upperside of the forewings are orange with black spots and dark margins. The hindwing is gray-brown with an orange band along the outer margin that contains a row of black spots. The female is similar but usually larger and her spots are larger in the forewing. The underside is light grey with small black spots and a red-orange line in the outer hindwing.
American Copper Facts
Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)
Butterfly Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Butterfly Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 3/8 inches
Butterfly Habitat: disturbed places in the East including pastures, landfills, vacant lots, road edges, old fields, rocky places in alpine habitats, and tundra in the arctic.
American Copper Host and Nectar Plants
- Plants in the Polygonaceae Family
- Sheep Sorrel
- Curled Dock
- Nectar from various flowers
- White Clover
- Butterfly Weed
- Ox-eye Daisy
- Queen Anne’s Lace