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


Remarks: 

  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

5-21-2007