Lycaena xanthoides - Great Copper
California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Pupa of a Great Copper butterfly, speckled for camouflage.

USA, CA: San Bernardino Co. 
San Bernardino Mtns. East of Silverwood Lake, Miller Canyon. East Fork of West Fork of Mojave River. 1100m. 34.2717°N, 117.2892°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.