Lycaena alciphron - Purple-shot Copper - Violette vuurvlinder - Violetter Feuerfalter
There are two subspecies (or races) of this butterfly in Europe: Lycaena alciphron alciphron and Lycaena alciphron gordius. Untill today I only found and photographed gordius. The male has a reduces purple sheen on its gleaming coppery wings and the dark spots show up clearly. The female is also copper-coloured, with sooty-brown margins and heavy spotting. Flight from May to September in rough, flower-rich, scrub and grassland, especially on dry hillsides. The larval foodplants are sorrels and docks.