Lycaena alciphron Rottemburg, 1775 ♂
Common names: Purple-shot copper [En], Cuivré mauvin [Fr], Violette vuurvlinder [Nl], Violette Feuerfalter [De], Manto de púrpura [Es], Ιώδης χαλκούχα λύκαινα [Gr], Büyük Morbakırgüzeli[Tu]
Lechovo, FLORINA ● Greece
Description: The alciphron male has a violet suffusion all over the upperside, giving the species its name. The female alciphron is basically dark brown with the usual copper upf black markings in the cell and post-discal areas with distinctive uph orange marginal lunules. Females have a more curved shape of the hindwing base (as compared to the slightly square shape of the male - this seems true for most coppers).
Biology: The larva feeds on Rumex sp.
Habitat: flowering meadows, heaths and grasslands.
Distribution: Central and Southern Europe, Morocco, Turkey.
Butterflies of France