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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C064 L. phlaeas obsoleta.
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A nicely kept specimen and extreme aberration. Mitcham 1942.
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!

C068 L. phlaeas Small Copper suffusa
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A dark male suffusa in good condition. Shoreham, Kent August 1932
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.
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.
C072 L. phlaeas suffusa and semiobsoleta
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An extraordinarily fresh male in superb condition. A skilled person should consider re-setting as it is very saddle set. Farnham Down July 1943. This fine var has been through the Marcon and Siviter Smith Collections. This is sold together with a neat little female, heavily suffused on all four wings.?Ventnor 1921.
C073 L. phlaeas Small Copper
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A fine male with some suffusion, and strikingly large and square forewing spotting. F Norgate but no date or place of capture.
C077 L. phlaeas Small Copper ab addenda
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This large female underside has forewing lanceolate spots. Slightly marred by a split in LFW, but fresh and rich in colouring. This is a Co-type of addenda, described in the Entomologists Record 23 p.275, caught in Amersham 9.8.1911
C079 L. phlaeas Small Copper
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A very fine female with prominent square forewing spotting. With data label.
C081 L. phlaeas Small Copper ab obsoleta
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A female in near mint condition, large and rounded wings. Hindwings lack the normal copper inner margin. Full data.

C082 L. phlaeas Small Copper
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A diminutive and beautifully fresh female from Deal, in near mint condition and with data.

C083 L. phlaeas Small Copper
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A nice fresh male, also small and slightly suffused. Excellent condition, with data label.