Lycaena thersamon Esper, 1784
Common names: Lesser Fiery Copper [En], Küçükateşgüzeli [Tu], Cuivré du Genêt [Fr], Oostelijke vuurvlinder [Nl], Ανατολική χαλκούχα λυκαέν [Gr], Küçük Ateş Güzeli [Tu]
Silifke, MERSIN ● Turkey
Description: Male’s forewing is shiny orange above, with narrow black borders. There is a certain amount of variability in the markings. The reddish marks along the lower edge of the forewing are not a constant character but really add a dash of colour.
The wingspan is 28-32 mm.
Biology: It flies from April to November, up to 1 200 m, depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Rumex, Polygonum spp., Bistorta major, Atraphaxis laetevirens, Limonium gmelinii, Sarothamnus, Caragana frutex, Lycium ruthernicum.
Distribution: from Eastern Europe, Italy and South-East Europe to Mongolia and North-Western China.
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.
AdaMerOs, Butterflies of Turkey