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Lycaena dispar (Haworth, 1802)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Papilio dispar Haworth, 1802: 3.
Type locality: England, Cambridgeshire
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
ssp. batavus Oberthür, 1923: 73. Type locality: The Netherlands, Friesland.
ssp. rutilus Werneburg, 1864: 391. Type locality: Germany, Berlin.
ssp. festivus Krulikovskii, 1909: 300. Type locality: Rossiae orientalis [Vjatka valley, Russia following Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001].
ssp. auratus Leech, 1887: 414. Type locality: Asie orientale

Large copper
Le Cuivré des Marais
Großer Feuerfalter


L. dispar dispar L. dispar rutilus : Lithuania L. dispar rutilus : Crimea L. dispar dispar
Picture from: Seitz 1908
Detailed view
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Detailed view
Picture from: www.ebay.at: © galijotas
Detailed view
Picture from: Seitz 1908
Detailed view

Variability: As in many other coppers, there is a distinct sexual dichroism. The shows a differentiated pattern of black dots on the forewing upperside, whereas the hindwing upperside is black-brown, except for the submarginal orange band. The however is bright red on the upperside with only a small black discal spot and a black wing margin.


The species is distributed from England (now extinct) in scattered populations through NW Europe and from central Europe throughout temperate Asia to the Russian far East, China and Korea (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001).

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.
Haworth, A. H. 1802. Prodroumus Lepidopterorum Britannicorum. A Concise Catalogue of British lepidopterous insects, with the Times and Places of Appearance In the Winged State. By a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. Holt, printed by J. Parslee, London, VI+1+39+6 pp.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2016.08.04
Kurz Michael: 2016.09.15
Kurz Michael: 2016.10.08
not reviewed