Purple-edged copper - Lycaena hippothoe

Purple-edged copper male  

Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: July-September.

Size: 28-32mm

Altitude: 400-1800m



Purple-edged copper female

The drabber female is pictured below. The male is similar to other coppers, the black spot together with the purple edging makes recognition possible though.

(Both pictures copyright Jeroen Mentens <jeroen.mentens@agr.kuleuven.ac.be>)


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Polygonum bistorta etc.

Damp meadows.

Purple-edged copper ditribution.


Early Stages




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