Blue Copper
Lycaena heteronea heteronea
Female Eclosure

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#10 Female emerged 10 June 2009

Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
Female located July 16, 2007. Guardsman Pass, Salt Lake County, Utah.  Ova laid July 17, 2007.  After a few days these were put into the refrigerator to hibernate.  They were kept fresh by keeping them taped to the side of a clay pot with a sauce cup full of water in the bottom. The clay pot was then placed in a plastic bowl with a lid on but opened at one side for circulation.  They were checked every other week in attempt to keep them hydrated but not so damp that they would mold.

However, this method did not work and none of the  ova eclosed.

In the summer of 2008, I located another female and again  over wintered the ova.  This time I put them into a chiffon hammock hanging inside a solo cup pierced with a needle on every surface.  The solo cup was then put inside another plastic container that had other hibernating insects in it.  It  had  two holes in it to provide some ventilation and two open solo cups full of water for hydration.  The temperature was gradually brought down to freezing.  This method worked and most of the ova hatched.

Eggs were removed from hibernation 6 May 2009 and when they hatched, 8 May 2009,  they were placed on a bouquet of  Eriogonum heracleoides.  They did well on this plant and went on through to pupa, then butterflies.

This page of photos is of one of the females emerging 10 June 2009.

Life History
Eggs:  overwinter as eggs
Larva: 22-24 days ( 4 days as first instar,  4 days as second instar,  3-5 days as third instar,  6-9 days  as fourth instar)
Pupa: 9-10 days

Host Plant
Eggs laid on Sulfur Buckwheat -  Eriogonum umbellatum
Fed on  Parsnipflower Buckwheat - Eriogonum heracleoides

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