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Sooty Copper

Lycaena tityrus


Family Lycaenidae The wingspan is 28–30 millimetres


mountain meadow, 1900 m/asl

1 Species ID Suggestions

Purple-edged Copper
Lycaena hippothoe

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EduardoMarabuto 9 years ago

This is either Lycaena alciphron or L. hippothoe, never L. tityrus which has a different shade on the underside and 4 central spots on the hindwing.
They are to be found on different habitats, if on wet meadows it should be L. hippothoe, dry scrubland or xerophilous meadows should indicate L. alciphron. I am leaning towards L. hippothoe but definitely an upperside picture would help.

Jopy 9 years ago

Thanks! I searched a lot about this butterfly, and according to black spots on margin of underside of fore wings, I think it's Lycaena tityrus...

bayucca 9 years ago

I agree Lycaena sp., but I can't tell you more without a n open wing shot. Could be Tityrus or Alciphron. Orange and brown are both, no we should exactly now where and how large these color parts would be.

Jopy 9 years ago

thanks, Marta, it wasn't blue, it was orange and brown, I think it's Lycaena tityrus...

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Pretty! It could be a type of copper butterfly from the Lycaena genus. Was it blue in the inner wings?

Jopy 9 years ago

haha iskreno, znam koji su svi koje sam stavila, ali sam preumorna ;) budem sutra...

injica 9 years ago

e ovo je ipak previse za nekog ko s leptirima nije na ti ;D

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Spotted on Aug 9, 2013
Submitted on Aug 12, 2013

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