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Coppers

 

a group of closely related butterfly genera (Lycaena, Heodes, and Thersamonia) of the family Lycaenidae. In the past such insects were regarded as belonging to a single genus, Chrysophanus. The wings are red-gold or, less commonly, brown or light blue. The caterpillars, which resemble wood lice in shape, feed on the leaves of herbaceous plants of the families Polygonaceae and Leguminosae. The insects are distributed mainly in Europe and Asia. Of the approximately 20 species occurring in the USSR, many are found only in the high meadows of Middle Asia and Transcaucasia. The two most common species are Heodes virgaureae and Lycaena phlaeas. The former has a wingspread of 30–35 mm and flies from June to August. The caterpillars feed on sorrel. The species is distributed in meadows in the forest zone of Europe and Asia. L. phlaeas has a wingspread of 25–30 mm. There are two generations: the first generation of butterflies flies in May and June, and the second in July and August. The caterpillars develop on sorrel and marjoram. The species is distributed in the northern hemisphere (except the far north).

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We took one omnibus ride, and as I did not speak Italian and could not ask the price, I held out some copper coins to the conductor, and he took two.
Then I seized my coat, which was weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from the leather bag in which I carried my takings.
In the morning he spent a few coppers on making himself neat and clean, bought a paper to read the advertisements, and set out once more on the search for work.
She got tired of cooking and scouring the coppers in Madame Anger's little kitchen, so she ran away with a soldier, and then with another soldier.
The rest of the class go and draw water up, till somebody tells you to leave off, for it's washing-day tomorrow, and they want the coppers filled.
The Ogilvies would seem to have kept theirs loose in their pockets, like coppers.
I had about two guineas left; Alan's belt having been despatched by another hand, that trusty messenger had no more than seventeen-pence to his whole fortune; and as for James, it appears he had brought himself so low with journeys to Edinburgh and legal expenses on behalf of the tenants, that he could only scrape together three-and-five-pence-halfpenny, the most of it in coppers.
This afternoon a gen'leman comes arfter rooms, and I sent him to the orfice; one of the clurks, 'e goes round with 'im an' shows 'im the empties, an' the gen'leman's partic'ly struck on the set the coppers is up in now.
As he went out, Raskolnikov had time to put his hand into his pocket, to snatch up the coppers he had received in exchange for his rouble in the tavern and to lay them unnoticed on the window.
I used to love to drift along the pale-yellow cornfields, looking for the damp spots one sometimes found at their edges, where the smartweed soon turned a rich copper colour and the narrow brown leaves hung curled like cocoons about the swollen joints of the stem.
The moon hung low, and had turned from silver to copper in the sleeping sky.
Without giving herself time for a second thought, she rushed into the shop, pale, wild, desperate in gesture and expression, scowling portentously, and looking far better qualified to do fierce battle with a housebreaker than to stand smiling behind the counter, bartering small wares for a copper recompense.