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Lycaena hippothoe subsp. eurydame

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 August 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Lycaena hippothoe subsp. eurydame (NL: Rode vuurvlinder / EN: Purple-edged Copper / DE: Lilagold-Feuerfalter / FR: Cuivré écarlate, Argus satiné changeant) is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. The male of this delightful species carries every colour of the rainbow on his wings. The upper wings are dark orangey red or red, with wide bluish purple streaks on the hind wing. The dark-rimmed wings have a bright purple sheen that looks spectacular in sunlight. The female looks much less colourful with predominantly brown wings, with dots on the forewing and a red belt in the lower hind wing. The undersides of the wings are greyish-brown with a touch of orange, and with black spots. Lycaena hippothoe has a wingspan varying from 32 to 38 mm. It is a butterfly of damp flowery meadows and roadside ditches. The larva lives on Rumex acetosa and Rumex acetosella.
Subspecies eurydame - this image - flies in the Alps. It lacks the purple reflections found elsewhere on the typical subspecies hippothoe.

Image: Maloja (CH) – 10/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'apprécie cet orange

20 Aug 2012 7:30am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een mooie compositie en prachtig licht. Ik wens je een aangename dag.

20 Aug 2012 7:31am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Well done.

20 Aug 2012 8:15am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia


20 Aug 2012 8:39pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm