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Lycaena virgaurea1.JPG
Lycaena virgaureae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Lycaeninae
Genus: Lycaena
Fabricius, 1807

Antipodolycaena Smart, 1975
Boldenaria Zhdanko, 1995
Chalceria Scudder, 1876
Chrysophanus Hübner, 1818 (rejected)
Chysoptera Zincken, 1817
Disparia Verity, 1943 (non Nagano, 1916: preoccupied
Epidemia Scudder, 1876
Helleia Verity, 1943
Heodes Dalman, 1816
Hermelycaena L.D.Miller & F.M.Brown, 1979
Hyllolycaena L.D.Miller & F.M.Brown, 1979
Loweia Tutt, 1906
Lycia Sodovskii, 1837 (non Hübner, 1825: preoccupied)
Migonitis Sodovskii, 1837 (non Rafinesque, 1815: preoccupied
"Palaeochrysophanus" Verity, 1934 (nomen nudum)
Palaeochrysophanus Verity, 1943
Palaeoloweia Verity, 1934
Rapsidia Sibatani, 1974
Rumicia Tutt, 1906
Tharsalea Scudder, 1876
Thersamolycaena Verity, 1957
Thersamonia Verity, 1919
and see text

Lycaena is a butterfly genus with a world-wide range. It is commonly divided into several subgenera, such as Antipodolycaena. Many formerly independent genera are now subsumed within Lycaena; the genus Gaiedes may also belong here.[citation needed]


Listed alphabetically within groups:[1]

Subgenus Tharsalea Scudder, 1876:

Subgenus Chalceria Scudder, 1876:
The thaeides species-group:

The chalceria species-group:

Subgenus Epidemia Scudder, 1876:
The hyllolycaena species-group:

The epidemia species-group:

Subgenus Hermelycaena Miller & Brown, 1979:

Subgenus Antipodolycaena Smart, 1975:

Unnamed subgenus:
The heodes species-group:

The palaeochrysophanus species-group:

Subgenus Lycaena Fabricius, 1807:
The helle species-group:

The phlaeas species-group:

The thersamolycaena species-group:

The thersamonia species-group:

The phoenicurusia species-group:

The hyrcanana species-group:

Unknown species group:


  1. ^ Lycaena,