Sooty Copper

Lycaena tityrus (ly-SEE-nuh tit-EYE-russ)

Lycaena tityrus - Sooty Copper (male) imago - Melnik, Bulgaria 29-06-11
Photo © Michaeljf
 

Wingspan
28 - 32mm

Checklist Number
61.0022

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

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Introduction

Four specimens of this species have been found in the British Isles. The first was captured at Lee, near Ilfracombe, Devon in August 1887, the second in Kincardine-on-Forth near Fife, Scotland, the third (a female) by a schoolboy in Seaford, East Sussex, in August 1958, and the last at Grand Havre in Guernsey in August 1966. This species is not considered migratory. However, it is believed that the last two specimens could have been carried by the prevailing winds from the continent to the British Isles.

Lycaena tityrus

This species was first defined in Poda (1761) as shown here (type locality: Graz, Austria).

Sooty Copper - male, Podyjí National Park, Czech Republic -04-Jul-14

Male
Photo © traplican

Sooty Copper - The Luberon - Provence - France - 10/07/14

Male Underside
Photo © William

Lycaena tityrus - Sooty Copper (female) imago - Melnik, Bulgaria - 29-06-11

Female
Photo © Michaeljf

Sooty Copper female underside, 5 May 2015, Najac, Aveyron, France

Female Underside
Photo © Chris Jackson

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History

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Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

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Distribution

2. Adventive
 

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Lycaena tityrus

Lycaena tityrus - Sooty Copper female underside - imago - Melnik, Bulgaria - 29-06-11

Photo © Michaeljf
29-Jun-2011

Sooty Copper - male, Podyjí National Park, Czech Republic -04-Jul-14

Photo © traplican
04-Jul-2014

Sooty Copper  Cantabria N Spain  June 2011

Photo © johnb
30-Jun-2011

Sooty Copper - imago - Ano Poroia, Greece - 11-Jun-09 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
11-Jun-2009

Sooty Copper - male - Borsodi Mezőségi, Hungary - 04-Jul-12

Photo © Pete Eeles
04-Jul-2012

Sooty Copper Male - Argentat - France - 14-07-12

Photo © William
14-Jul-2012

Sooty Copper Hungary July 2009.12 [Clive Burrows]

Photo © Clive Burrows

Lycaena tityrus - Sooty Copper (female) imago - Melnik, Bulgaria - 29-06-11

Photo © Michaeljf
29-Jun-2011

Sooty Copper female upperside, 5 May 2015, Najac, Aveyron, France

Photo © Chris Jackson
05-May-2015

Sooty Copper - imago - Ano Paroia, Greece - 08-Jun-09 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
08-Jun-2009

Sooty Copper - imago - Mount Kerkini, Greece - 09-Jun-09.CR2 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
09-Jun-2009

Lycaena tityrus - Sooty Copper (male) imago - Melnik, Bulgaria 29-06-11

Photo © Michaeljf
29-Jun-2011

Sooty Copper - imago - Pirin, Bulgaria - 07-Jul-07 (1076)

Photo © Pete Eeles
07-Jul-2007

Sooty Copper - Czech republic - 09-08-2015

Photo © Wurzel

Sooty Copper female underside, 5 May 2015, Najac, Aveyron, France

Photo © Chris Jackson
05-May-2015

Sooty Copper - imago - Slavianca, Bulgaria - 05-Jul-07 (1064)

Photo © Pete Eeles
05-Jul-2007

Sooty Copper - The Luberon - Provence - France - 10/07/14

Photo © William

Sooty Copper  Cantabria Spain July 09

Photo © johnb
03-Jul-2009

Sooty Copper Aude France

Photo © Charles Nicol

Sooty Copper - imago - Ano Poroia, Greece - 11-Jun-09 (5)

Photo © Pete Eeles
11-Jun-2009

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Ovum

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Lycaena tityrus - Ovae [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Larva

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Lycaena tityrus - Larva [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Pupa

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Lycaena tityrus - Pupa [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Aberrations

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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.
Leach (1815) Leach (1815) In Brewster: The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia.
Poda (1761) Poda von Neuhaus, N. (1761) Insecta musei Graecensis.