Lycaena dispar


 
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Large Copper
(Lycaena dispar dispar)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Great Britain

 
local name:

Large Copper - Grreat Britain

 
size: ca. 1,8 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: araound 1851

 
The Large Copper is one of Europa's rarest butterflies. All of it's subspecies may now be endangered.

The distribution of the nominate race was confined to the islands of Great Britain. The habitat of this form, damp meadows, were almost completely destroyed for agricultural purposes.

By 1851 the Large Copper was already extinct in Great Britain.

 
left:

Large Copper (Lycaena dispar dispar)


Depiction by W. J. Lucas from 'The book of British butterflies : a practical manual for collectors and naturalists / by W.J. Lucas ; with illustrations by the author. London :L. Upcott Gill, 1893'

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
 
left:

Large Copper (Lycaena dispar dispar), female


Photo: Dr. Norman Day; by courtesy of Dr. Norman Day

http://www.pbase.com/plusiotis
 
left:

Large Copper (Lycaena dispar dispar), male


Photo: Dr. Norman Day; by courtesy of Dr. Norman Day

http://www.pbase.com/plusiotis

 
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