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Dorcas Copper - Lycaena dorcas
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Dorcas Copper - nr Lake Ainslie, NS - 2012-07-31
Photo © Jim Edsall
Status in Nova Scotia
Breeds. An isolated population exists in Inverness Co., Cape Breton.

Flight Period
Late July to early August.

Fens where the larval food plant grows.

Larval Foodplants
Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa.

Similar Species in Nova Scotia
Similar to Maritime Copper but smaller, and habitat completely different.

The Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society published a paper on the first record of this species in Nova Scotia. You can read it on-line, here.

Dorcas Copper - Marais Salées de Longue-Pointe, Quebec, 2010-7-27
Dorcas Copper - Marais Salées de Longue-Pointe, Quebec - 2010-7-27
Photo © M. Larrivée, J. Newman