The Bronze Copper butterfly is found in southern Canada and throughout most of the United Sates. The upperside of the wings of the male is iridescent coppery-brown; the female forewings are yellow-orange with black spots. The forewing underside of both sexes is orange with black spots. The hindwing underside is grayish-white with black spots and a broad orange outer edge.


Bronze Copper” by Douglas Mills, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Bronze Copper Facts

Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Lycaeninae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 7/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Low, wet areas such as bogs, marshes, wet meadows, and ponds


Bronze Copper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Plants in the Polygonaceae Family
    • Bitter Dock
    • Curly Dock
    • Swamp Dock
    • Patience Dock

Nectar Plants:

  • Milkweeds
  • Prairie Mimosa
  • Red Clover
  • Blackberry