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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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
C045 Lycaena dispar batavus
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Bred pair of second brood (smaller) specimens in superb condition. The pair illustrated is one of three available. All with ex Woodwalton data 1990
£25.00
C063 L. phlaeas extreme Suffusa.
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Data quite hard to decipher, probably Ventnor 1921 and a collector's name that takes a bit of reading! A very extreme and dark aberration.Excellent condition.
£250.00
C064 L. phlaeas obsoleta.
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A nicely kept specimen and extreme aberration. Mitcham 1942.
£195.00
C067 L. phlaeas Small Copper
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A female aberration the like of which has surely never been seen! An extraordinary var of great age: 1880. This is not mint, indeed a bit rubbed and there is a not too skillful wing repair. It has been through the collections of venerated collectors: A.S. Meek, Standish Webb and PM Bright. Lot 161 7.V.1942 at Stevens Auction Rooms. That's quite a history!

£500.00
C068 L. phlaeas Small Copper suffusa
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A dark male suffusa in good condition. Shoreham, Kent August 1932
£125.00
C070 L. phlaeas Small Copper
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A really lovely male rare pale underside and good FW colouring. The readable bit of the data label is 1880.
£150.00
C071 L. phlaeas Small Copper
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This extraordinary and unique aberration has very pale hindwings, with banded forewings. We have never seen anything approaching it. This has been through the collections of most famous entomologists: G.B. Oliver, Sept 1928, and since then the Marcon collection, acquired by P Siviter Smith in 1947.
£695.00