T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Canterbury alpine boulder copper butterfly (Lycaena tama)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Tribe: Lycaenini
Genus: Lycaena
Species: L. tama
Binominal name: Lycaena tama
Common name: Canterbury alpine boulder copper

Lycaena tama (Canterbury alpine boulder copper) is an small endemic butterfly with > 11 mm forewing length. It inhabits alpine areas in Canterbury and the Mackenzie basin. Adults fly during October to April. The larvae host plant is the Muehlenbeckia species (pohuehue).