Lycaena bleusei

Blue Sooty Copper

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Photo: bleusei

Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Photo: bleusei

Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Field notes and information

Formerly regarded as a subspecies of the sooty copper L. tityrus it is now often given species rank.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the sooty copper L. tityrus. Males however have extensive orange on the upperside forewing and usually a strong blue sheen on the upperside hindwing.

Distribution & Flight: Known from the Sierras of central Spain. It flies in several (?two) broods in spring and summer. Its range does not overlap with that of the similar sooty copper L. tityrus.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy flowery meadows amongst woodland. Roadsides. Frequently visits flowers for nectar where it may spend some time on any given flower head.

Photo: bleusei

Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Photo: bleusei

Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Photo: bleusei

Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Photo: bleusei

Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Photo: bleusei

Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011