C COPPER BUTTERFLIES Rarities, Historic Specimens

Captain Edward Bagwell Purefoy. A number of the Lycaena dispar rutilus in this list, are from colonies that were established in Ireland by Capt. E B Bagwell Purefoy. Purefoy has the distinction of being the person who discovered the life history of the Large Blue Butterfly Maculinea arion,  which depends upon symbiosis with the red ant Myrmica sabuleti.  He was working with FW Frohawk who was working on the two volume work on the Butterflies of the British Isles. Frohawk was a superb artist as well as entomologist, and he could not disover how the Large Blue larvae completed their life history, because they kept being taken by an ant!  In 1915 Purefoy, not only cracked the life history of the Large Blue, but he established most successfully the only colony of the Large Copper  Lycaena dispar rutilus, in the British Isles,  at his family home Greenfields, in Tipperary. Captain Purefoy is the Grandfather of Rosemary Goodden. His colony in Ireland thrived from 1918 spanning the entire period between the two world wars.

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C001 Lycaena dispar batavus
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A lot of three bred males. No data. Excellent condition and very fresh.

£25.00
C002 Lycaena dispar batavus
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A large and very well preserved female from Lord Rothschild. Woodwalton Bred 12.VII.1928. A hairline split in RFW, barely visible.

£450.00
C011 Lycaena dispar batavus
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Ex Coll Cruttwell. No data.
£50.00
C012 Lycaena dispar batavus
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Underside. Some grease stain. Medium to poor condition. Ex Cruttewell Coll. No data.
£25.00
C017 Lycaena dispar batavus
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A very early Purefoy female batavus from Woodwalton, in superb conditio, dating from 1918.
£300.00
C026 Lycaena dispar rutilus
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Female in nearly mint condition. From Purefoy's colony which he established at Greenfields Co. Tipperary. Bred 29.VII.1930 Col Labouchi
£295.00
C028 Lycaena dispar rutilus
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A very good male with Purefoy data, in his own hand, 4th Year Tipperary 30.VII.1918 from Berlin 1914.
£250.00
C030 Lycaena dispar rutilus
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An extremely RARE UNDERSIDE ABERRATION, with sagitate spotting. A printed data label: Greenfields (Tipperary) Bred German stock, 8.vii.1919 E.Bagwell-Purefoy
£590.00
C032 Lycaena dispar rutilus
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Extremely fine female underside. Tipperary Bred 13.VII.1928 Col Labouchi
£190.00
C033 Lycaena dispar batavus
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Female ex Cruttwell Collection. No further data. Good but not perfect.
£45.00
C034 Lycaena dispar batavus
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Female ex Cruttwell Collection. No further data. Good but not perfect.
£50.00
C039 Lycaena dispar rutilus
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Male underside, excellent but for lack of antennae. Purefoy handwritten label 4th Year bred in Tipperary 28.VII.1918 from Berlin 1914.
£150.00