Sooty Copper (Lycaena tityrus)

Male. Taken nr Sandanski, Bulgaria, on July 22nd 2015.
(1/320th sec at f11. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Male underside. Taken at Rupite Hot Springs, Bulgaria, on June 25th 2014.
(1/250th sec at f13. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Female. Taken nr Bansko, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/500th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 28 - 30mm

The male Sooty Copper has sooty brown upper surfaces, with black spots and white fringes. The female is orange-brown with black spots.

It is widely distributed in most of Europe, from Iberia in the south to Denmark and the Baltic states in the north. Is is not found in the British Isles.

It is generally found in meadows and grassland, typically with scrub, heathlands and sheltered canyons up to 2500m.

There are one to three generations per year, depending on altitude and latitude.

The main larval foodplant is Rumex acetosa, rarely other docks and sorrels.


25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
26-Jul-2015 : Bansko meadows, Bulgaria
25-Jul-2015 : Nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015 : Papaz Tchair, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015 : nr Lilyanovo, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015 : nr Sandanski, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Rupite Hot Springs, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : nr Petrovo, Bulgaria