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Lycaena alciphron (Rottemburg, 1775)

Самец  (Lycaena alciphron)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Lycaenidae subfamily Lycaeninae tribe Lycaenini genus Lycaena → species Lycaena alciphron

Species name(s)

Lycaena alciphron (Rottemburg, 1775) = Heodes alciphron = Papilio alciphron Rottemburg, 1775 = Papilio virgaurea Hufnagel, 1766 = Papilio lampetie [Schiffermüller], 1775 = Papilio hipponoe Esper, 1781 = Papilio hiere Fabricius, 1787 = Thersamonolycaena alciphron.

Purple-shot Copper


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #27. Pribaikalsky.

Primary colors

Orange, Blue, Brown/Gray/Black.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Самка  (Lycaena alciphron)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Heodes alciphron. [85]. Peter Khramov.

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Самцы ssp. gordius отличаются от нормальных окрасом — они совсем не фиолетовые, а красто-оранжевые.А [85]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part of France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Prealtay, Pribaikalskiy, Mid-Volzhsky, Average -Uralsky, Sredneobskaya, South West Siberian,South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, North Aegean Islands, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia,Turkey (European part), Ukraine, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • От Западной Европы до Ирана. [85]. Peter Khramov.


  • В мае, июне, а также и в июле и августе. [85]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Места лёта — сырые луга и опушки. Часто садится на цветы ежевики и чабреца. [85]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • Активны с лета до мая следующего года. [85]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Rumex. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Щавель. [85]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Гусеницы Lycaena alciphron матово-зеленые, со светлыми полосами по бокам. [85]. Peter Khramov.


  • Куколка: грязно-желтый фон, черные точки по нему. [85]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Lycaena alciphron


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Maxim Schwarz, Irina Nikulina.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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