Lycaena xanthoides - Great Copper
California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

A copper butterfly larva resting on its Rumex host plant.

USA CA San Bernardino County.  Mojave River Wash x CA Hwy 173, east of CA Hwy 138. 1000m. 34.30792°N, 117.33453°W.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.