NABA Eugene – Springfield

North American Butterfly Association, Lane County Chapter

Our Mission

NABA Eugene-Springfield is the Lane County chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)

Our local chapter’s focus is on fostering the enjoyment of watching and identifying butterflies in the field, and conservation through education on butterfly natural history and gardening for butterflies and other pollinators. Activities in the coming year will include:

  • Field trips (spring/summer)
  • Butterfly counts
  • Presentations by local and regional experts on butterfly ecology, watching, identification, gardening and conservation

Chapter Officers


Sharon Blick

Vice President

Sue Anderson


Jim Mitchell


Jim Blick

Officers at Large

Rick Ahrens

Lori Humphreys

Website and Communications

Dala Gant

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Blick at [email protected]

Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea)

Photo by Alison Center

Species Characteristics:
Page 28 of Butterflies of Lane County, A pocket guide to the 85 regularly occurring species of Lane County, Oregon.

Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 ¼ inches

Description: Male (featured) is bright sky-blue with distinctive black veins; female grey-blue or
slate grey with dark spots and soft brown shading. Both sexes below nearly white with black spots on FW;HW variable, with or without blurred darker spots.

Abundance: Locally abundant at higher elevations. Flies early July to early September; peaks in July.

Host Plant: Buckwheats

Comment: Males will often return to the same perch after being disturbed. The Blue Copper flies more aggressively than blues.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Blick at [email protected]