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Purple-shot Copper

(Lycaena alciphron)

 

14/06/09 Rhône (69) ..... photo Vincent Picat

Male 14/06/09 Rhône (69) ..... photo Vincent Picat

Male 05/06/11 Rhône (69)

Male 05/06/11 Rhône (69)

Male 30/06/13 Rhône (69) ..... photo Vincent Picat

Female 11/06/14 Rhône (69)

  Female laying on Rumex acetosa 17/06/17 Rhône (69)

  Eggs on Rumex acetosa 17/06/17 Rhône (69)

  Female 24/05/05 Var (83)

L.alciphron is a large and magnificent copper species which tends to fly in hot places in hilly and mountainous districts. These photos are of the subspecies gordius (or gallon) in which both sexes are basically orange with black spotting on the upperside, though the marginal row in the male is rather hazy and he has purple reflections in the body and wings which are very noticeable in flight.

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