Lycaena tityrus   Sooty Copper

Lycaena tityrus upper Lycaena tityrus under

There were many brownish Skipper species seen on this trip and anything with markings like this was assumed to be a Skipper awaiting identification. More careful examination of the photos showed that we had seen the Sooty Copper without realising it on at least two sites many miles apart.

The larval food plants are Rumex species including R. actosa (Sorell) and R. acetosella (Sheep's Sorell) but the adults were often seen on various yellow flowering species when feeding.

Lycaena tityrus

Lycaena tityrus Sooty Copper

Ossue valley, French Pyrenees, 10th June 2009

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Lycaena tityrus Sooty Copper

LHS: Ossue valley, French Pyrenees, 10th June 2009 RHS: Hills nr G├Ędre, Pyrenees, 13th June 2009

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