Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Copper Butterfly

Lycaena salustius (Fabricius)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae

Size range

  • Small butterflies, up to 33 mm


  • Most common of the four species
  • New Zealand, not found in Australia

Life History

  • Markings are very variable, especially the female
  • Food plants of caterpillars : Polygonaceae : Muehlenbeckia and Rumex

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