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
C004 Lycaena dispar batavus
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Large female, with less black patterning on HWs, extra coppery, Bred Woodwalton July 1935 J Shepherd
£450.00
C005 Lycaena dispar batavus
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From the famous HA Leeds Colln, a mint female, Woodwalton 20.7.1937,acquired 1943 by Siviter Smith, the most famous collector of Coppers. Important provenance.
£450.00
C006 Lycaena dispar batavus
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A mint male, Woodwalton Bred 5 :VII:1933 Presented by W G Sheldon to F Pennington Lot 5 at Pennington Sale 13:3:1942. See also C003 for matching female.
£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
C018 Lycaena dispar batavus
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A superb male batavus with Purefoy Woodwalton data, as old as 1918. A tiny white speck on LFW.
£250.00
C025 Lycaena dispar rutilus
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A beautiful golden copper female. The data is not in Purefoy's hand but this fine female with unusual colouring is from his colony which he established at Greenfields Co. Tipperary. Bred 29.VII.1930 Col Labouchiere. There are two small tears in the wings.

£325.00
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