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Lycaena thersamon

Lycaena thersamon
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-17
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): LEPIDOPTERA of Turkiye and Cyprus [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-17 16:51
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I am not sure about its species.
It looks like Lycaena thersamon.
please see fallowing section for additional information about this species.
A truly spectacular species with bright copper uppersides and bright orange underside forewings. It is found in SE Europe but also in central parts of Italy. It is also found on most of the Greek islands where many of my sightings originate. Infact I've only found it on the European mainland once, in northern Greece, which is surprising considering it flies throughout the summer.

I even found it on the tiny isle of Patmos from where Alain Olivier's guide to the butterflies of the Greek Island (1993) reports just 7 species. I found 6 of these plus another 7 different species including thersamon. It just goes to show what a few years of observation and the increasing awareness of butterflies can do as all these species have subsequently been reported from here. Annoyingly though, the missing 7th butterfly from the original list is the one we went to find, Plebejus loewii, which is only found from a few of the eastern Greek islands in political Europe.

The larvae feed on a species of Knot Grass (Polygonum aviculare) which has a distinctive straggly form. The low plant forms a kind of mat with its long wiry green stalks from which sprout only a few small leaves. Each plant may be a meter or more in diameter source: http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/LycaenThersam.htm

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To anel: thanksrousettus 1 05-18 14:42
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Hi Ahmet

This is a Copper Bfly a Lycaenid.

Probably a large copper.. Lycaena dispar.

It is a Male anyway.

Would like to underwing to be sure although can see it partially through the wing. Could perhaps be Scarce Copper ...Heodes virgaureae but I think less likely.

Which is found in your area?

Rgds Mike.

magnifique ce papillon, superbes couleurs , bons détails et excellents BG
bien vu, bravo et merci

Sizin bu akkaya barajı epey zengin bir yer galiba. Güzel bir kelebek.

Ahmet günaydın , komp. ve renkler güzel olmuş , eline sağlık .

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)
  • [2007-05-18 13:00]
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Hello Ahmet,
It looks a little bit special your Copper. May be a Lycaena thersamon, which is a eastern species with the little spots . But I'm not a specialist. Interesting picture.
best regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-05-18 21:01]

Ahmet, Nice view of two insect on the frame. One is the butterfly and second is the

Akkaya,kuşlar için olduğu gibi kelebek ve diğer pekçok canlımım görülebilidiği bir yer. bu çok güzel renkli kelebek de onlardan biri. eline sağlık.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-22 22:10]

Hello Ahmet

A lovely composition of a beautiful butterfly on a beautiful flower.The orange really stands out and the DOF and POV are well done.Well seen and presented.TFS


Hola Ahmet.
Bellos detalles y magníficos colores.
Una presentación estupenda.
Saludos y tfs, JL.

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