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Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Arthropoda > Class: Insecta > Order: Lepidoptera > Family: Lycaenidae > Genus: Lycaena > Species: Lycaena helle

Violet Copper - Lycaena helle (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Endangered (IUCN)
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 229 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • wetlands
May also occur in
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 4038


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BE33024C0 Belgium Vallée de la Helle Map
BE33035C0 Belgium Plateau des Hautes-Fagnes Map
BE33037C0 Belgium Camp militaire d'Elsenborn Map
BE33039C0 Belgium Vallée de l'Olefbach Map
BE33041C0 Belgium Fagnes de la Polleur et de Malmedy Map
BE33042C0 Belgium Vallées de la Warche et du Bayehon en aval du barrage de Robertville Map
BE33047C0 Belgium Vallée de la Holzwarche Map
BE33054C0 Belgium Vallée de l'Amblève entre Montenau et Baugné Map
BE33055C0 Belgium Vallée de l'Emmels Map
BE33058C0 Belgium Vallée du Medemberbach Map
BE33060C0 Belgium Haute vallée de la Lienne Map
BE33061C0 Belgium Affluents de l'Our entre Setz et Schoenberg Map
BE33062C0 Belgium Vallée supérieure de l'Our et ses affluents Map
BE33063C0 Belgium Vallée et affluents du Braunlauf Map
BE33064C0 Belgium Vallée de l'Ulf Map
BE34027C0 Belgium Bassin de la Lomme de Poix-Saint-Hubert à Grupont Map
BE34029C0 Belgium Haute-Wamme et Masblette Map
BE34030C0 Belgium Forêt de Freyr Map
BE34032C0 Belgium Bassin inférieur de l'Ourthe occidentale Map
BE34041C0 Belgium Sûre frontalière Map
BE34049C0 Belgium Basse-Vierre Map
BE34052C0 Belgium Forêt d'Anlier Map
BE34058C0 Belgium Camp militaire de Lagland Map
DE5214305 Germany Rübgarten Map
DE5214306 Germany Weier- und Winterbach Map
DE5214309 Germany Buchheller-Quellgebiet Map
DE5303301 Germany Wollerscheider und Hoscheider Venn Map
DE5303302 Germany Kalltal und Nebentäler Map
DE5314301 Germany Hoher Westerwald Map
DE5314303 Germany NSG Krombachtalsperre Map
DE5314304 Germany Feuchtgebiete und Heiden des Hohen Westerwaldes Map
DE5403304 Germany Oberlauf der Rur Map
DE5404303 Germany Dedenborn, Talaue des Püngel-, Wüstebaches und Erkensruhroberlauf Map
DE5504303 Germany Oleftal Map
DE5605302 Germany Gewässersystem der Ahr Map
DE8128302 Germany Gillenmoos Map
DE8130301 Germany Gennachhauser Moor Map
DE8131301 Germany Moorkette von Peiting bis Wessobrunn Map
DE8228301 Germany Kempter Wald mit Oberem Rottachtal Map
DE8229301 Germany Elbsee Map
DE8332301 Germany Murnauer Moos Map
FI1101645 Finland Oulanka Map
FI1301903 Finland Kusiaiskorpi, Palo-Isokummun jänkä, Alkumaa Map
FR2100273 France Tourbières du plateau ardennais Map
FR4100243 France Ruisseau et tourbière de Belbriette Map
FR4301280 France Vallées du Drugeon et du Haut-Doubs Map
FR4301281 France Combes Derniers Map
FR4301283 France Vallons de la Drésine et de la Bonavette Map
FR4301308 France Vallée de l'Orbe Map
FR4301309 France Tourbières et lacs de Chapelle-des-Bois et de Bellefontaine les Mortes Map
FR4301310 France Combe du Lac Map
FR4301313 France Grandvaux Map
FR4301315 France Combe du Nanchez Map
FR4301328 France Entrecôtes du Milieu - Malvaux Map
FR4301331 France Vallées et côtes de la Bienne, du Tacon et du Flumen Map
FR4301346 France Plateau des mille étangs Map
FR7300831 France Quérigut, Laurenti, Rabassolles, Balbonne, la Bruyante, haute vallée de l'Oriège Map
FR8201757 France Forêts et tourbières des Monts de la Madeleine Map
FR8301019 France Monts de la Madeleine Map
FR8301030 France Monts du Forez Map
FR8301034 France Gorges de la Sioule Map
FR8301039 France Artense Map
FR8301040 France Cézallier Map
FR8301042 France Monts-Dore Map
FR8301052 France Chaîne des Puys Map
FR8301056 France Tourbières et zones humides du nord-est du massif cantalien Map
FR9101471 France Capcir, Carlit et Campcardos Map
LU0001002 Luxembourg Vallée de l'Our de Ouren a Wallendorf Pont Map
LU0001003 Luxembourg Vallée de la Tretterbaach Map
LU0001005 Luxembourg Vallée supérieure de la Wiltz Map
LU0001007 Luxembourg Vallée supérieure de la Sûre / Lac du barrage Map
LU0001038 Luxembourg Troisvierges - Cornelysmillen Map
LU0001043 Luxembourg Troine/Hoffelt - Sporbaach Map
LU0002001 Luxembourg Vallée de la Woltz et affluents de la source à Troisvierges Map
LU0002002 Luxembourg Vallée de la Tretterbaach et affluents de la frontière à Asselborn Map
LU0002003 Luxembourg Vallée supérieure de l'Our et affluents de Lieler à Dasbourg Map
LU0002004 Luxembourg Vallée supérieure de la Sûre et affluents de la frontière belge à Esch-sur-Sûre Map
PLC200004 Poland Puszcza Białowieska Map
SE0630226 Sweden Bäckan Map
SE0710159 Sweden Gammelbodarna Map
SE0720131 Sweden Vackermyren Map
SE0720255 Sweden Rödmyrmyren Map
SE0720261 Sweden Skroggåsen Map
SE0720262 Sweden Svallmyren Map
SE0720350 Sweden Nästmyren Fugelsta Map
SE0720353 Sweden Södergård Brunflo Map
SE0720362 Sweden Tysjöarna Map
SE0720382 Sweden Acksjön Rödön Map
SE0720383 Sweden Aspbacken Trång Map
SE0720385 Sweden Gärde Bjärme Map
SE0720387 Sweden Övre Rise Map
SE0720388 Sweden Önsta Map
SE0720420 Sweden Stensundet Map
SE0810009 Sweden Strömbäck-Kont Map
SE0810010 Sweden Holmöarna Map
DE5214303 Germany Bergwiesen Lippe mit Buchheller- und Mischebachtal Map
DE8134371 Germany Moore südlich Königsdorf, Rothenrainer Moore und Königsdorfer Alm Map
ROSCI0214 Romania Râul Tur Map
ROSCI0205 Romania Poienile cu narcise de la Dumbrava Vadului Map
PLH200005 Poland Ostoja Augustowska Map
LTSAL0002 Lithuania Gaujos upės slėnis Map
PLH060005 Poland Dolina Środkowego Wieprza Map
LTVAR0025 Lithuania Stojų pievos Map
LTVIN0002 Lithuania Šveicarijos miškas Map
SE0720448 Sweden Brynndammen Map
PLH060033 Poland Dobromyśl Map
SE0720463 Sweden Borgen; Hellmans hage Map
DE5413301 Germany Westerwälder Kuppenland Map
PLH300004 Poland Dolina Noteci Map
PLH200008 Poland Dolina Biebrzy Map
PLH100015 Poland Dolina Rawki Map
PLH260003 Poland Ostoja Nidziańska Map
PLH060040 Poland Dolina Łętowni Map
SE0720462 Sweden Salsån Map
PLH060025 Poland Dolina Sieniochy Map
SE0720459 Sweden Lövbergsängen Sidsjö Map
DE5605306 Germany Obere Kyll und Kalkmulden der Nordeifel Map
SE0720457 Sweden Västeråsen Åsarna Map
FR4301298 France Vallée du Dessoubre Map
PLH200006 Poland Ostoja Knyszyńska Map
PLH060024 Poland Torfowisko Sobowice Map
PLH060032 Poland Poleska Dolina Bugu Map
LTVAR0017 Lithuania Dainavos giria Map
SE0720453 Sweden Tångeråsen; Vallarna Map
PLH020065 Poland Bierutów Map
PLH140001 Poland Ostoja Bagno Całowanie Map
PLH060015 Poland Płaskowyż Nałęczowski Map
DE8032372 Germany Moore und Wälder westlich Dießen Map
DE8332372 Germany Moränenlandschaft zwischen Staffelsee und Baiersoien Map
PLH320013 Poland Ostoja Goleniowska Map
SE0720458 Sweden Blomtorpet Hara Map
PLH200003 Poland Ostoja Suwalska Map
SE0720470 Sweden Sundmyren Åflo Map
PLH060087 Poland Doliny Łabuńki i Topornicy Map
PLH140032 Poland Ostoja Nadliwiecka Map
PLH260013 Poland Dolina Białej Nidy Map
PLH320067 Poland Pojezierze Ińskie Map
PLH060086 Poland Dolina Górnej Siniochy Map
PLH060099 Poland Uroczyska Lasów Strzeleckich Map
PLH300035 Poland Baranów Map
PLH260040 Poland Lasy Cisowsko-Orłowińskie Map
PLH060096 Poland Bystrzyca Jakubowicka Map
PLH120077 Poland Rudniańskie Modraszki - Kajasówka Map
PLH260036 Poland Ostoja Żyznów Map
PLH040027 Poland Łąki Trzęślicowe w Foluszu Map
PLH120069 Poland Łąki Nowohuckie Map
PLH140035 Poland Puszcza Kozienicka Map
PLH260015 Poland Dolina Czarnej Map
PLH060065 Poland Pawłów Map
PLH120079 Poland Skawiński obszar łąkowy Map
PLH060066 Poland Dolina Krzny Map
PLH260039 Poland Wzgórza Kunowskie Map
PLH260017 Poland Dolina Górnej Mierzawy Map
PLH200021 Poland Ostoja w Dolinie Górnego Nurca Map
PLH140053 Poland Łąki Żukowskie Map
PLH180043 Poland Mrowle Łąki Map
PLH260016 Poland Dolina Czarnej Nidy Map
PLH140029 Poland Kampinoska Dolina Wisły Map
PLH260018 Poland Dolina Górnej Pilicy Map
PLH220066 Poland Dolina Szczyry Map
PLH260020 Poland Dolina Mierzawy Map
PLH020091 Poland Dolina Oleśnicy i Potoku Boguszyckiego Map
PLH160013 Poland Łąki w okolicach Kluczborka nad Stobrawą Map
PLH120065 Poland Dębnicko-Tyniecki obszar łąkowy Map
PLH040028 Poland Ostoja Barcińsko-Gąsawska Map
PLH060107 Poland Ostoja Parczewska Map
PLH260034 Poland Ostoja Szaniecko-Solecka Map
SE0720468 Sweden Djupede, Långan Map
SE0720469 Sweden Högbacken, Örån Map
SE0720471 Sweden Bösen Map
SE0720467 Sweden Birkakärret Map
PLH200024 Poland Ostoja Narwiańska Map
ROSCI0355 Romania Podișul Lipovei - Poiana Ruscă Map
AT3231000 Austria Mooshamer Moos Ost Map
AT3244000 Austria Steindorf - Am Moos Map
AT3243000 Austria Althofener Moos Map
AT3242000 Austria Lonka-Mäander Map
BE34019C0 Belgium Ennal et Grand Fond Map
BE34048C0 Belgium Bassin de la Semois de Jamoigne à Chiny Map
BE34046C0 Belgium Bassin de la Semois de Florenville à Auby Map
BE34047C0 Belgium Haute-Vierre Map
BE34015C0 Belgium Fanges des sources de l'Aisne Map
BE34016C0 Belgium Fagnes de Samrée et de Tailles Map
BE34017C0 Belgium Fagnes de Bihain Map
BE34040C0 Belgium Vallée de Villers-la-Bonne-Eau Map
BE33043C0 Belgium Vallée de la Warche entre Butgenbach et Robertville Map
BE33040C0 Belgium Fagnes de Stavelot et vallée de l'Eau Rouge Map
BE35039C0 Belgium Vallée de la Houille en aval de Gedinne Map
BE33034C0 Belgium Vallée de la Hoëgne Map
BE34061C0 Belgium Vallées de Laclaireau et du Rabais Map
BE33032C0 Belgium Fagnes de Malchamps et de Stoumont Map
BE33038C0 Belgium Vallée de la Schwalm Map
BE33036C0 Belgium Fagnes de la Roer Map
BE34024C0 Belgium Bassin inférieur de l'Ourthe orientale Map
BE34026C0 Belgium Massif forestier de Daverdisse Map
BE34020C0 Belgium Bassin supérieur de la Salm Map
BE32040C0 Belgium Haute vallée de l'Eau Noire Map
BE34050C0 Belgium Bassin de la Semois entre Tintigny et Jamoigne Map
BE33057C0 Belgium Vallée du Kolvenderbach Map
BE34051C0 Belgium Vallées du Ruisseau de Mellier et de la Mandebras Map
BE33059C0 Belgium Sources de l'Our et de l'Ensebach Map
BE34053C0 Belgium Bassin de l'Attert Map
BE33053C0 Belgium Noir Ru et Vallée du Rechterbach Map
BE34056C0 Belgium Bassin de la Semois de Etalle à Tintigny Map
BE34057C0 Belgium Marais de la Haute-Semois et Bois de Heinsch Map
BE33056C0 Belgium Haute vallée de l'Amblève entre Heppenbach et Montenau Map
BE34031C0 Belgium Bassin moyen de l'Ourthe occidentale Map
BE33045C0 Belgium Sources de la Warchenne Map
BE33044C0 Belgium Sources de l'Amblève Map
BE33065C0 Belgium Vallée inférieure de l'Our et ses affluents Map
BE35045C0 Belgium Vallée de la Semois en aval d'Alle Map
BE33025C0 Belgium Fagnes du Nord-Est Map
BE33046C0 Belgium Vallée de la Warche en amont de Butgenbach Map
BE35040C0 Belgium Vallée de la Hulle Map
BE35041C0 Belgium Bassin de la Houille en amont de Gedinne Map
BE35042C0 Belgium Vallée de l'Almache en amont de Gembes Map
BE34039C0 Belgium Haute-Sûre Map
BE34038C0 Belgium Bassin supérieur de l'Ourthe occidentale Map
BE34037C0 Belgium Haute-Lomme Map
BE34036C0 Belgium Haute-Lesse Map
BE34035C0 Belgium Bassin supérieur de la Wiltz Map
BE34013C0 Belgium Haute vallée de l'Aisne Map
BE34034C0 Belgium Sources du Ruisseau de Tavigny Map
BE34033C0 Belgium Etangs de Longchamps et de Noville Map
DE7916311 Germany Baar, Eschach und Südostschwarzwald Map
AT2249000 Austria Teile der nördlichen Zuflüsse der Walster im Mariazeller Land Map
ROSCI0421 Romania Pădurea celor Două Veverițe Map
LTSAL0015 Lithuania Naujakiemio apylinkės Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Blauschillernder Feuerfalter German Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Blauwe vuurvlinder Dutch Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Czerwonczyk fioletek Polish Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
le Cuivré de la bistorte French Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Violet Copper English Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS search Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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