Scarce copper Lycaena virgaureae, copyright Algirdas.

Belongs within: Lycaenidae.

Lycaena, coppers, is a genus of butterflies found primarily in the Holarctic region. Males of this genus usually have the ground colour of the upper wing surface orange.

    |--L. admetus [incl. L. admetus var. ripperti] P01
    |--L. aegon P01
    |--L. amanda P01
    |--L. argiades [incl. L. argiades ab. coretas] P01
    |--L. argus P01
    |--L. arion [incl. L. arion var. cyanecula, L. arion var. obscura] P01
    |--L. boldenarum O81
    |--L. cnejus WM66
    |--L. damon P01
    |--L. elpis WM66
    |--L. eros P01
    |--L. eumedon P01
    |--L. icarus P01
    |--L. iolas Ochsenheimer 1816 B08
    |--L. kandarpa WM66
    |--L. karsandra Moore 1865 WM66
    |--L. nisa Wallace & Moore 1866 WM66
    |--L. parrhasius WM66
    |--L. plinius WM66
    |--L. pluto WM66
    |--L. sangra Moore 1865 WM66
    |--L. semiargus P01
    |--L. varunana Moore 1865 WM66
    `--L. virgaureae (Linnaeus 1758) JP05

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B08] Bálint, Z. 2008. Lepidoptera collections of historical importance in the Hungarian Natural History Museum. Annales Historico-Naturales Musei Nationalis Hungarici 100: 17–35.

[JP05] Jungmann, E., & U. Poller. 2005. Neunachweise und Wiederfunde für die Schmetterlingsfauna (Insecta; Lepidoptera) des Altenburger Landes. Mauritiana 19 (2): 317–326.

[O81] O’Brien, C. O. 1981. A. A. Book of New Zealand Wildlife: A guide to the native and introduced animals of New Zealand. Lansdowne Press: Auckland.

[P01] Pável, J. 1901. Lepkék [Lepidopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 171–177. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[WM66] Wallace, A. R., & F. Moore. 1866. List of lepidopterous insects collected at Takow, Formosa, by Mr. R. Swinhoe. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 355–365.

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