Status:  fairly common resident

Flights:  1, May-Aug

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  inland foothills and uplands, coastal at Fort Ord; Arroyo Seco, Chew’s Ridge, Old Stage Rd.

Habitats:  chaparral, dry grasslands, open fields (where dock grows)

Host plants:  dock, native and introduced

Adult foodflower nectar

Conservationrange invaded by exotic European weeds, may reduce habitat availability


  1.   very spotty distribution across range

  2.   some coastal pops. intensely colored

  3.   rapid, jerky flight

  4.   male dark grey, trace of HW orange band; female dark grey/some yellow, with black spots and orange HW marginal band


Great Copper   Lycaena xanthoides

Life history facts

egg: ?

larva: ?

pupa: ?

adult:  males perch on low veg. in gullies, patrol flats for females

arroyo seco pond