Dorcas Copper Butterfly Lycaena dorcas   Save
Dorcas Copper Butterfly Lycaena dorcas
Description: The dorcas copper is a very rare butterfly in Ohio and is most likely extirpated (existing elsewhere but not in Ohio). It has been found in the Mud Lake Nature Preserve in Williams County, Ohio. This species is usually found in swampy areas. Prior to the draining of the Black Swamp in the mid nineteenth century and other human altering of the landscape, this species was more common. However, since the wetlands are now gone, it has moved to other areas surrounding Ohio, where the landscape has not altered as much, such as southwestern Michigan and northeastern Indiana. It is a member of the Lycaenidae (gossamer winged) family of butterflies and peaks around July. This species has a wingspan of 0.75 to 0.88 inches (1.9 to 2.2 cm). In Ohio there are more than 150 species of butterflies. Twenty-seven different species of butterflies representing five families can be found in the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, including all seven species of butterflies that are listed as endangered in Ohio. Butterflies are a part of the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek words lepis, which means scale and pteron, which means wing). There are nearly 17,500 species of butterflies world-wide. Approximately 750 of these can be found in North America. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1360_1156512_016
Subjects: Plants and Animals; Butterflies; Insects; Lycaenidae; Endangered species
Places: Williams County (Ohio)