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Lycaena cupreus lapidicola J. Emmel & Pratt, 1998
(Lustrous Copper)

Type Specimens photo collection:

Pinned Specimens photo collection:

Live Adults photo collectionPage 1:

Live Adults photo collectionPage 2 (courtship):

Larval Foodplants and Habitats photo collection:

Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

CA Sierra Nevada from Nevada to Tulare-Inyo Cos.; similar in White Mts.


(From: A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada, Jonathan P. Pelham)

Genus Lycaena [Fabricius], 1807

In: Illiger Mag. f. Insektenk. 6: 285, no. 32. Type-species: Papilio phlaeas Linnaeus, 1761, Fauna Svecica (ed. 2): 285, no. 1078, by designation of J. Curtis (1824), Brit. Entomol. 1(3): pl. 12, [1]. American species in this genus were reviewed by Pratt and D. Wright (2003), Pan-Pac. Entomol. 78(4): 219-229. 


Lycaena cupreus (W. H. Edwards, 1870)

Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 3(1): 10, 20-21, no. 15; figured by W. H. Edwards (1875), Butts. N. Am. 2(2): pl. Chrysophanus 1, figs. 4 ♂ D, 5 ♂ V, 6 ♀ D, 7 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Chrysophanus Cupreus

Type Locality: “Oregon”; suggested to be “mountains in the south central part of Oregon” by F. Brown (1969), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 95(1): 175; defined as “Crane Creek, 3 miles south of Lakeview, Lake County Oregon” by J. Emmel and Pratt (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (52): 663.

Types: Lectotype in CMNH, designated by F. Brown (1969), Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 95(1): 176, fig. 6 ♂ D&V; paralectotype figured by W. Holland (1931), Butt. Book (rev. ed.): pl. 65, fig. 40 ♀ D.

Species-genus gender conformation is cuprea.

=    artemisia Scott, 1981

Papilio (n.s.) 1: 6-7.

Original Combination: Lycaena cupreus artemisia

Type Locality: “The Potholes, Teton Co., Wyo.” [Wyoming]

Types: Holotype in LACM.

This synonymy was implied by J. Emmel and Pratt (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (52): 663, and discussed by A. Warren (2005), Butts. Ore.: 98.


Lycaena cupreus lapidicola J. Emmel & Pratt, 1998

Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (52): 663-664, figs. 5 ♂ D, 6 ♂ V (holotype); 7 ♀ D, 8 ♀ V.

Original Combination: Lycaena cuprea lapidicola

Type Locality: “California: Mono County; Tioga Pass”

Types: Holotype in LACM.

=    ‡”maculinita” (Gunder, 1926)

Entomol. News 37(1): 8, no. 11, pl. 1, fig. 11 ♀ D (“holotype”).

Original Combination: Heodes cupreus ab. ♀ maculinita

Types: “Mammoth, Mono County, California”

Types: “Holotype” in AMNH; figured by J. A. Comstock (1927), Butts. Calif.: pl. 52, fig. 16 ♀ D.



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