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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 09.1 October 1997

The Orange Argus – A History of the Large Copper Butterfly in Britain

By - Mark Webb, Andrew Pullin

In 1931, Captain E Bagwell Purefoy, a distinguished lepidopterist of the day, wrote of 'The romance of a beautiful and very rare butterfly' in The Entomologist (Purefoy 1931). He was referring to the Large Copper, Lycaena dispar, and the fact that Purefoy was writing so fondly of a species that had been extinct in Britain since the mid 19th century illustrates the enigmatic status of this butterfly in British entomology.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

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"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist