copper butterfly


copper butterfly

insect
      any member of a group of butterflies in the gossamer-winged butterfly family, Lycaenidae (order Lepidoptera). The copper's typical coloration ranges from orange-red to brown, usually with a copper tinge and dark markings. The most common North American copper is species Lycaena phleas. Copper larvae feed on clover, dock, or sorrel.

      Adults are delicate, with an 18- to 38-mm (.75- to 1.5-inch) wingspan. They are rapid fliers and are usually distinguished by iridescent wings. The male's forelegs are reduced, but the female's are fully developed.

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  • Red copper — Red Red, a. [Compar. {Redder} ( d?r); superl. {Reddest}.] [OE. red, reed, AS. re[ a]d, re[ o]d; akin to OS. r[=o]d, OFries. r[=a]d, D. rood, G. roht, rot, OHG. r[=o]t, Dan. & Sw. r[ o]d, Icel. rau[eth]r, rj[=o][eth]r, Goth. r[ a]uds, W. rhudd,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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