The Bronze Copper (Lycaena hyllus) butterfly is listed as a state endangered species in New Jersey and a species of concern in Connecticut. The Bronze Copper is widespread but exists in small and isolated populations.
The natural habitat includes wet or moist areas such as marshes, bogs, and other wetlands. The loss of these habitats has been attributed to the areas being drained and filled. The Bronze Copper has also been affected by the use of herbicides and insecticides.
The host plants include Curly Dock (Rumex crispus), Water Dock (Rumex orbiculatus), and Knotweeds (Polygonum spp.). The host plants are widespread and are abundant in many locations. The state of New Jersey is committed to protecting and preserving the wetlands.
For additional information regarding the Bronze Copper, contact the Endangered and Nongame Species, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, at (609) 292-9400. (Photo Credit: Fred Miller)