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
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