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Lycaena dispar dispar Haworth, 1803

British large copper

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Original scientific description:

Haworth, A. H. (1803). Lepidoptera Britannica: sistens digestionem novam insectorum Lepidopterorum. vol 1. London.

 

Synonym/s: Papilio dispar Haworth, 1803; Papilio dispar Haworth, 1802 (incorrect year; used by Gimenez Dixon, 1996)

 

 

 

Conservation Status

Last Record: 1851 (1864?)

 

IUCN RedList status: Extinct

 

Two specimens purportedly collected in 1860 and 1864 were collected from the Broadland region (Irwin, 1984). However, these dates have been challenged since the previous record of the species was in 1851.

 

Distribution

United Kingdom

 

Biology

 

 

Hypodigm

Two preserved specimens of this species can be seen [url=https://www.pbase.com/plusiotis/image/102517347]here[/url].

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Haworth, A. H. (1803). Lepidoptera Britannica: sistens digestionem novam insectorum Lepidopterorum. vol 1. London.

 

Other references:

Andrews, Peter. (2015). A History of the British Large Copper Lycaena dispar dispar and the Scarce Copper Lycaena virgaureae in Somerset [Online]. Available from https://www.dispar.org/reference.php?id=102 [Accessed April 9, 2015].

Andrews, Peter. (2020). Notes and Views of the Large Copper and the Lost Fenlands [Online]. Available from: https://www.dispar.org/reference.php?id=163 [Accessed 29 July 2020]

Barker, A. and Vane-Wright, R. I. (2007). Did Henry Seymer obtain Lycaena dispar (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from Hampshire? Entomologist's Gazette 58: 119-125.

Bink, F. A. (1970). A review of the introductions of Thersamonia dispar Haw. (Lep., Lycaenidae) and the speciation problem. Ent. her. Amst. 30: 179-183.

Drimmer, Sonja and Vane-Wright, R. I. (2012). Elizabeth Denyer’s paintings of William Jones’ British butterflies: their discovery and significance. Antenna 36(4): 239-246.

Duffey, E. (1968). Ecological studies on the large copper butterfly Lycaena dispar Haw. batavus Obth. at Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve, Huntingdonshire. J. appl. Ecol. 5: 69-96.

Duffey, E. (1977). The re-establishment of the large copper butterfly Lycaena dispar batavus on Woodwalton Fen NNR, Cambridgeshire, England 1969-1973. Biol. Conserv. 12: 143-158.

Duffey, E. (1993). The Large Copper (Dutch – Grote Vuurvlinder), Lycaena dispar Haworth, pp. 81-82. In: New, T. R. (ed.). Conservation Biology of Lycaenidae (Butterflies). Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No.8. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). vii + 173 pp.

Emmet, A. Maitland. (1991). The Scientific Names of the British Lepidoptera: Their History and Meaning. Colchester: Harley Books.

Gimenez Dixon, M. (1996). Lycaena dispar. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. (https://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 02 October 2011.

Higgins, L. and Hargreaves, B. (1983). The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. London: Collins.

Irwin, A. G. (1984). The Large Copper, Lycaena dispar dispar, in the Norfolk Broads. Entomol Rec. J. Var. 96: 212-213.

Salmon, Michael A. and Edwards, Peter J. (2005). The Aurelian's Fireside Companion: An Entomological Anthology. Paphia Publishing Ltd. 455 pp.

Sutton, R. D. (1993). Were the Large Copper butterfly L. dispar dispar (Haw) and the Scarce Copper L. virgaureae (Linn) butterfly once indigenous species at Langport Somerset? Occasional Paper No. 7. Butterfly Conservation.

https://www.insectnet.proboards.com/thread/4177/extinct-british-lycaena-dispar [lots of photos and tidbits]

https://insectnet.proboards.com/thread/5911/british-large-copper-lycaena-dispar

https://insectnet.proboards.com/thread/5974/differences-extinct-nominate-dispar-batavus

https://extinctanimals.proboards.com/thread/1770/lycaena-dispar