Balkan Copper

Lycaena candens

Lycaena candens is a small butterfly found in the Palearctic (Southeast Europe and Caucasus) that belongs to the lycaenids or blues family.
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Appearance

Lycaena candens (Herrich-Schäffer, [1844])
Very similar species is Purpled Edged Copper - Eurasian Lycaena hippothoe (Linnaeus, 1761), which has been reported south from Romania and North Balkan peninsula, but not reliably reported from Bulgaria until now.

The males have no blue sheen and the forewing above is entirely golden brown in the females; the black margin of the upperside is narrower in both sexes.
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Distribution

South Europe, from the Balkan Peninsula, Turkey to Iran and Caucasus.
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Habitat

It is widespread in Bulgaria in the higher mountains, humid meadows and clearings, from 800 to 2200 m.

References:

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http://www.butterfliesofbulgaria.com/lyccan.html
http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_pages/candens.htm
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyLycaenidae
GenusLycaena
SpeciesLycaena candens
Photographed in
Bulgaria
Iran