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Butterfly Large Coppers

Large Copper Butterfly - Photo  Copyright 2005 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Lycaena dispar

Size: Wingspan up to 38mms

Distribution: Extinct in the UK.

Food: The larvae feed on water dock

Habitat: Fens* 

Special features: The true British large copper butterfly became extinct in the UK in 1851 as a result of drainage of their fenland home. It was last recorded at Bottisham in Cambridgeshire.

There have been several unsuccessful reintroduction projects of a Dutch subspecies called Lycaena batavus. A further attempt is being considered in the Norfolk Broads.

* Fens are permanently waterlogged wetland habitats. They range from wet heath, with sphagnum moss and patchy heather, to woodland of willow and alder. The wetland is maintained by either ground water, surface water run-off or rain.

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