Lycaena virgaureae (NL: Morgenrood / EN: Scarce Copper / DE: Dukatenfalter / FR: Cuivré de la verge-d'or, Cuivré satiné) is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. The lower surfaces of the back wings are yellowish and have only a few black dots; there are characteristic white marks the immediate vicinity of these. The species exhibits one kind of sexual dimorphism: male butterflies (see image posted on 16/10/2011) are colored bright gold-red on the upper side of wing, while the females (this image) have broader orange wings with a dark design. In a field full colour - flowers, butterflies, birds... - a male perched on a flower head 20 meters away will instantly catch the eye. It is a common butterfly in high mountains although it is found in lower areas less commonly. It flies in the northern half of Spain, and from the Alps eastwards and from Greece to Scandinavia.
Image: Val Bregaglia (CH) - 20/07/2011
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