Purple-edged Copper-Lycaena hippothoe eurydame #29

Purple-edged Copper-Lycaena hippothoe eurydame #29

Image Size: 10″ x 7-3/4″

This exquisite copper butterfly, with its iridescent reddish gold above, is outlined in bluish violet and edged with blackish brown and a white fringe along the wing margin. Below the ground color is gray-brown with faint black markings. The females are a coppery brown above, generally with a faint orange copper band on the hindwing.

The purple-edged copper occurs in local, fairly compact populations and rarely strays any great distance. This butterfly is, however, quite capable of a whirling, rapid flight. Males will normally assume a perch on a favorite flower, take nectar and aggressively dart at passing objects until a female is located.

Lycaena hippothoe ranges widely in bogs and damp meadows throughout western Europe and Siberia to the Amur. Originally recorded in Great Britain in 1666, this species has apparently disappeared there within the last 200 years. Lycaena hippothoe is now infrequently encountered elsewhere in Europe, and populations are under study as regards their conservation status.

Text by Jacqueline Miller, Ph. D., Associate Curator, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Florida Museum of Natural History and Former President, The Lepidopterists’ Society

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