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Lycaena hippothoŽ. (46)
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Lycaena hippothoŽ (Linnaeus, 1761)
Lycaena hippothoŽ eurydame (Hoffmannsegg, 1806)

Purple-edged Copper
Kleiner Ampferfeuerfalter
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Family: Lycaenidae (Blues)

Wingspan: 30 - 32 mm.

A sunny but cool and windy day in the mountain meadows, and a female and a male butterfly closely together on a Centaurea flower. Both were not so much interested in each other but fighting together against the strong breeze. Such is life.

It gave me a good chance to approach them. They do look different, the female dark brown, the male fiery red - the alpine subspecies of the Purple-edged Copper (Lycaena hippothoŽ eurydame) showing sexual dimorphism as often seen in the family of Blues.

The nominal species L. hippothoŽ hippothoŽ is reported from northern Spain, central France, central, northern, and eastern Europe. Not reported from Portugal, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, southern Italy, the Balkan, Greece.

Subspecies eurydame is smaller than the nominal species, and males are lacking the purple irisdescence. It can be met in the central and southern Alps of Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Appeninnes, at an elevation of 2000m - 2500m. Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation in July and August.

Feeding plant of caterpillars: Rumex acetosa, Polygonum distorta.



at an elevation of 2250m above sealevel.


L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley, W. Forster (bearb.): Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Hamburg und Berlin 1978≤

Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. Stuttgart 1998.

Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe:

Walter SchŲn: Schmetterling - Raupe:


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro (= 108mm at 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/640sec., ISO-125; exposure bias: -0.3, no tripod, no flash; 26.08.2007, 14:32.


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The location.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Mountain meadows of Grossglockner (3798m), Hohe Tauern National Park, Tyrol, Austria.

47į 04' 30" N, 12į 41' 40" E.

Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX07, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 12mm(= 72mm at 35mm SLR), F/4.5, 1/500sec., ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 26.08.2007, 16:28.

Slightly cropped, downsized, resharpened.

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