San Diego Management & Monitoring Program


Initial Evaluation of the Status of Hermes copper (Lycaena hermes) On Conserved Lands in San Diego County

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Type: report

Number of pages: 41

Authors: Berres, Mark; Deutschman, Douglas; Marschalek, Dan; Strahm, Spring;

Day: 31

Month: October

Year: 2010

Publisher: San Diego State University

Purpose: The Hermes copper butterfly, Lycaena [Hermelycaena] hermes is a rare butterfly endemic to the coastal sage scrub (CSS) community in San Diego County and northern Baja California. Conservation groups and wildlife agencies recognize that Hermes copper butterfly is threatened by recent urbanization and wildfires; however this species has yet to be listed as threatened or endangered on the Endangered Species Act. Until recently, relatively little was known about Hermes copper and this lack of information resulted in negative 90-day findings by Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the species in 1993 and 2006 (US Fish and Wildlife Service 1993, 2006). However, in 2010 a positive 90-day finding was issued, and the species is currently being reviewed for listing. This project provides an initial evaluation of Hermes copper populations on conserved land in San Diego County from the 2010 flight season.

Prepared for: San Diego Association of Governments;

Prepared by: San Diego State University, Department of Biology;

Keywords: Hermes copper (Lycaena hermes);

Species: Hermes copper

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