Lycaena helle (DENIS & SCHIFFERMÜLLER, 1775)

Violet Copper

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Photo © by Mario Maier. Lycaena helle, May 1996, Perlenbachtal / Germany

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pointer.gif (1285 Byte) Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
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This beautiful small butterfly (it is really small with a fore-wing span of less than an inch) is rare, but locally common. It can be found in marshy meadows. The male is marked by reflecting blue colours (texture colours) on the upperside of the wings. With the females these colours are restricted to the borders of the wings.

Flight period:
One brood from May to June.

Larval host plants:
Polygonum bistorta

Red List Germany: 1

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