Purple-edged Copper

Lycaena hippothoe (ly-SEE-nuh hippo-THOH-ee)

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Samoens  - 01-Jul-07 (2) [Paul Kipling]
Photo © Paul Kipling
 

Wingspan
34 - 38mm

Checklist Number
61.0023.UKB

Family:LycaenidaeLeach, 1815
Subfamily:LycaeninaeLeach, 1815
Tribe:LycaeniniLeach, 1815
Genus:LycaenaFabricius, 1807
Subgenus:  
Species:hippothoe(Linnaeus, 1761)

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Introduction

Although this species has figured in early literature as a species found in the British Isles, it is considered doubtful that it has ever occurred naturally - a picture clouded by the apparently-liberal manner in which early entomological dealers made this species available.

Lycaena hippothoe

This species was first defined in Linnaeus (1761) as shown here (type locality: Sweden).

Purple Edged Copper male - Parc du Mercantour, French Alps, 9th July 2014

Male
Photo © David M

Purple-edged Copper Cantabria N Spain 2010

Male Underside
Photo © johnb

Purple-edged Copper  (female) Cantabria Spain July09

Female
Photo © johnb

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Samoens  - 01-Jul-07 [Paul Kipling]

Female Underside
Photo © Paul Kipling

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History

The table below shows a chronology of vernacular names attributed to this species. Any qualification of the name (e.g. male, female) is shown in brackets after the name.

YearNameReference
1824Purple-edged CopperJermyn (1824)
1832Swift CopperRennie (1832)

Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

Description to be completed.

Distribution

3. Questionable
 

This presence of this species in the British Isles is considered questionable.

Life Cycle

Description to be completed.

Imago

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Description to be completed.

Lycaena hippothoe

Purple-edged Copper-male - Bukk Hills - Hungary - 22-June-09

Photo © Denise

Purple-edged Copper-female- Aggtelek - Hungary- 16-June-09

Photo © Denise

Purple-edged Copper  (female) Cantabria Spain July09

Photo © johnb
02-Jul-2009

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Monti Sibillini, Italy - 20-Jun-08 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
20-Jun-2008

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Monti Sibillini, Italy - 20-Jun-08 (5)

Photo © Pete Eeles
20-Jun-2008

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Nagy-Mezo, Hungary - 10-Jul-06 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
10-Jul-2006

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Samoens  - 01-Jul-07 (2) [Paul Kipling]

Photo © Paul Kipling

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Samoens  - 01-Jul-07 [Paul Kipling]

Photo © Paul Kipling

Purple-edged Copper Cantabria N Spain 2010

Photo © johnb
26-Jun-2010

Purpled Edged Copper, Switzerland 2010

Photo © NickB
09-Jul-2010

Purple-Edged Copper, female, Venosc, Val d’Isere, Rhone Alpes, France, 19/06/2011

Photo © Lee Hurrell

Purple-edged Coppers  Cantabria N/Spain June 2011

Photo © johnb
26-Jun-2011

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Mattmark, Saas-Almagell, Switzerland - 11-Jul-11

Photo © Pete Eeles

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Simplon Pass, Simplon, Switzerland - 12-Jul-11

Photo © Pete Eeles

Purple-Edged Copper - imago - Simplon Pass, Simplon, Switzerland - 12-Jul-11-1

Photo © Pete Eeles

Purple - Edged Copper - Male - (Alpine Form) - Nr. Meribel - France - 28/06/14

Photo © William
28-Jun-2014

Purple - Edged Copper - Male - (Alpine Form) - Nr. Meribel - France - 28/06/14

Photo © William
28-Jun-2014

Purple Edged Copper male - Parc du Mercantour, French Alps, 9th July 2014

Photo © David M

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Ovum

Description to be completed.

Purple-edged copper egg

Photo © Padfield
Purple-edged copper egg, seen as it was laid on a bistort leaf on 7th July 2012 in Switzerland.
07-Jul-2012

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Larva

Description to be completed.

Description to be completed.

Lycaena hippothoe - Larva [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Pupa

Description to be completed.

Lycaena hippothoe - Piuppe, ventral [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Aberrations

Description to be completed.

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Similar Species

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Fabricius (1807) Fabricius, J.C. (1807) Magazin für Insektenkunde, herausgegeben von Karl Illiger.
Jermyn (1824) Jermyn, L. (1824) The Butterfly Collector's Vade Mecum: or a Synoptical Table of English Butterflies.
Leach (1815) Leach (1815) In Brewster: The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia.
Linnaeus (1761) Linnaeus, C. (1761) Fauna Suecica Sistens Animalia Sueciae Regni. Edition 2.
Rennie (1832) Rennie, J. (1832) A conspectus of the butterflies and moths found in Britain, with their English and systematic names, times of appearances, sizes, colours, their caterpillars, and various localities.