Our 'classic' copper butterfly with a history stretching back to Cook's Endeavour voyage in 1769, from which it was named.
Lycaena salustius occurs in open country. The male is distinguished from other Lycaena species by the double black line along the wing veins.
The MBNZT currently follows the naming protocols for the four Lycaena species as identified by Dr George Gibbs in his 1980's book, 'New Zealand Butterflies: Identification and Natural History'. However, while researching his book ‘Butterflies of the South Pacific’ (2012) Brian Patrick concludes there may be more than one species, possibly even 20 different Lycaena species, hence our Butterfly Discovery Project.