Balkan copper - Lycaena candens


Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: June-July

Size: 28-32mm

Altitude: 900-2000m




Almost indistinguishable from the Purple-edged copper, Lycaena hippothoe. The distributional information can help.

These photos were taken in Bulgaria by Mark Ogden.

A pale aberrant form pictured right , and below the female


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Rumex species

Damp meadows.

Balkan copper distribution


Early Stages




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