2-35 Dorcas Copper Butterfly
- Dorcas Copper Butterfly
- The dorcas copper butterfly, whose Latin name is Lycaena dorcas, is a very rare butterfly in Ohio and is most likely extirpated (existing elsewhere but not in Ohio). This specimen was found in the Mud Lake Nature Preserve in Williams County, Ohio, May 23, 1955 by Homer F. Price. 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 (M00063).