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Lycaena dispar auratus Leech, 1887

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Polyommatus auratus Leech, 1887: 414.
Type locality: North Korea, 25 miles south of Gensan, monastery of Chang-Do
Type: Syntypes : North Korea, 25 miles south of Gensan, monastery of Chang-Do

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
borodowskyi Grum-Grshimailo, 1900: 459
parvus Kurentzov, 1941: 128.

Habit:

: Russia, far East underside
Picture from: Seitz 1908
Detailed view
Picture from: Seitz 1908
Detailed view
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Detailed view
Picture from: Seitz 1908
Detailed view

Description od adults: Wing expanse: 35 mm, 38 mm.

. "Upper surface of all the wings bright golden copper, with narrow black outer margins; fringes black, except on the inner margin of hind wings; on the outer margins of the hind wings are six black dots, the two nearest the anal angle being nearer together than the others" (Leech 1887).

. "Fore wings golden copper, much suffused with darker scales, margined broadly on the outer border with black; two black discoidal spots, followed by a band of broad black dashes extending across the wing; hind wing sooty black, bordered by a broad golden copper band notched at the edges.

Underside of both sexes: fore wings yellowish buff, bordered on tbe outer margin with dirty grey, inside of which is a row of seven very distinct black spots; on the disk is a second irregular row of black spots; there are three spots in the discoidal cell, the outer one of which is the largest. Hind wings greyish buff, outwardly margined by a broad orange band, bordered on each side with a row of black dots; an irregular arrangement of black spots, margined with dirty white, is scattered over the remainder of the wing" (Leech 1887).

Distribution:

Subspecies auratus is found in far East Russia, northern and central China and in Korea (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001).

Biology:

The animals habe been taken by Leech (1887) in a swampy gully, resting on the stems of coarse grass during heavy rain.

Diagnosis:

On the forewing upperside of the male, the discal spot is obsolete. On the hindwing underside, the black submarginal spots are well developed (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001).

"This species is allied to P. dispar, but its colour resembles ochimus; the fringes are black, the discoidal spots are absent on all the wings of male, the female has a row of dashes on the fore wings instead of spots, and the disk of hind wings is not suffused with copper; the underside is also different" (Leech 1887).

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Bozano, G. C. & Z. Weidenhoffer 2001. Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region. Lycaenidae I, Subfamily Lycaeninae. Omnesa Artes, Milano, 62 pp.
Leech J. H. 1887. On the Lepidoptera of Japan and Corea - Part I. Rhopalocera. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London: 398-430.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2016.10.10
Kurz Michael: 2016.10.14
not reviewed

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