Tailed Copper Butterfly, Lycaena
Plants used by the Tailed Copper Butterfly
The adult Tailed Copper likes the nectar of buckwheats.
Buckwheats are very popular wit many butterfly species and are
The Tailed Copper has a distinctive orange horseshoe pattern on the top
of the fore wing on the female. The butterfly resembles a Hairstreak
when its wings are closed.
The Subspecies Nubila is very rare in the Los Angeles area.
The Tailed Copper Butterfly is found in Chaparral as well as
California Sage brush and Oak Woodland plant communities.
Host plants used by the Tailed Copper Larva
The Tailed copper Butterfly larva feeds in the garden on Ribes
species, Currents and Gooseberries. It especially likes Ribes
This is a thicket forming current that has glossy green leaves and
tasty black berries. It also has very showy clusters of yellow flowers
that are enjoyed by the hummingbirds and can fill the back end of your