Distribution: Across Europe except UK, Benelux and Scandinavia,
usually in hills or mountains. Also from the Moroccan High Atlas mountains.
Identification: Males are distinct with their purple sheen. Can be
confused with the Purple Edged Copper, L. hippothoe. The post discal arc
of spots on latter species is smoothly curving. In alciphron it these
spots are grouped in pairs and are not aligned.
Flight time: Generally June/July and I have found it regularly in
April in Provence, France.
Habitat: Flowery meadows from low levels (can be hot and dry in
Mediterranean areas) to over 2000m. In Morocco upto 2500m.
Behaviour: Males often fly very fast when the sheen on the upperside
looks mauve red in flight.