Rhône list

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Large Copper

(Lycaena dispar)

 

Male 28/05/10 Rhône (69)

Female 28/05/10 Rhône (69)

Male 12/07/03 Rhône (69)

Male 11/06/13 Rhône (69)

Female 28/08/13 Rhône (69)

Female 19/08/10 Rhône (69)

Male 25/05/12 Rhône (69)

On a Rumex leaf, 25/05/12 Rhône (69)

25/05/12 Rhône (69)

Empty egg shells and feeding damage on leaf of Rumex crispus, 13/09/12 Rhône (69)

Three caterpillars and similar feeding damage on leaf, 13/09/12 Rhône (69)

Close up of caterpillar, 13/09/12 Rhône (69)

The Large Copper is widespread through much of central Europe though usually exists in small and discrete colonies of short lived adults. It is an endangered species as its habitat of damp meadows is prone to drainage. As a result it is protected under European law. The males have fantastic, bright orange uppersides rather like the Scarce Copper male, where as the females have markings reminiscent of many other members of the copper family with the black spots and browner hindwings. The adults seem particularly attracted to yellow flowers such as Ranunculus in spring and Pulicaria in summer. 

Rhône list

General index