Blue Copper (LEP66) Lycaena heteronea


     The color is bluer than any true blue, yet its wing veins and other structures prove it to be an unusual kind of copper.  With the exception of the thin white fringe and black border, the male=s entire upper surface shimmers metallic blue.  There are also greenish and silvery highlights, which are the effects of prism like scales.  This is strictly a western species.