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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.


: 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).


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


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


On the forewing upperside of the male, the discal spot is obsolete.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:


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:

Kurz Michael: 2016.10.10
Kurz Michael: 2016.10.14
not reviewed