The Lilac-bordered Copper is a common Mountain butterfly, often found in flowery meadows or above tree line. None the less, I saw my first ones this year, in both Washington and Oregon. It’s quickly becoming a favorite.
Lost Prairie, Linn County, Oregon
44.40371, -122.07576 The prairie is located along Highway 20 in a mountainous section in western Cascade Range. Seen at the edge of the prairie near the tree line. Very dry and hot, but with numerous flowers in bloom.
July 15, 2023
- Great variation, with some being very pallid and mostly lacking the Lilac-border, especially east of the Cascades and the NE. May be polymorphic. Watch out for the lighter ones.
- May to August, peak in July.