Purplish Copper Butterfly
Lycaena helloides

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Range and habitat:
Found in the Great Lakes region from southeast Ontario and western New York through the Midwest and north plains to West Coast from southern British Columbia to Baja, California. The state of Ohio is the very edge of their southeastern range, with northwestern Ohio being on the edge. Purplish Coppers can be found at the edges of old wet, farm fields and ditches; low, seasonally wet areas near ponds and ditches; or in sedge meadows and wet prairies.

Natural diet:
Polygonum amphibium -water knotweed (feeds on this here in Ohio). Also feeds on docks, knotweeds, cinquefoils .

Size / weight range:
Wingspan is 1.2 - 1.6 inches

Interesting Facts:
• State Endangered
• Had last population in Ohio in Lucas County but is now determined to have been nearly extripated
• Very susceptible to mosquito spraying and habitat degradation and draining
• Last population in the state present at the Toledo Zoo
• The toledo Zoo became involved with the permission of the Division of Wildlife and held individuals throughout their life-cycles here at the Zoo for a hopeful re-introduction to western Lucas county in the future
• Sexually dimorphic ( males and females look different)
• Caterpillar green with white “hairs”

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