Purple-shot copper - Lycaena alciphron

Purple-shot copper upperside  

Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: June - August.

Size: 32-36mm

Altitude: 800-2000m

Underside Notes:

A species of several forms. The specimen left pictured in the the Pyrenees is the mainland Europe form f. gordius, in N. Africa a different form occurs.

Top picture copyright Jeroen Mentens <jeroen.mentens@agr.kuleuven.ac.be>


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Purple-shot copper distribution


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