Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species id distributed in Lebanon, Turkey, Transcaucasia, Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. The species is monotypic. In Armenia it is distributed mostly in semi-desert zone with slight penetration into the dry mountain steppes. The elevation range occupied by the species is between 850 and 1300 m a.s.l. The larval host plant is Acantholimon sp. The species gives two generations per year; the butterflies are on wing from late May till mid August, sometimes till early September.
Population dynamics: In Armenia the Anatolian Fiery Copper is uncommon to rare within typical habitat. Population trend during 2003-2013 demonstrates stability, probably because the host plant - the thorny bush - is resistant towards such habitat disturbance as overgrazing. In the same time some distribution spots have been lost in the period 1930s - early 2000s, mainly due to occupation of semi-desert areas by open pit mines and orchards. There is some trade of the species but in a relatively small scale and hardly can affect the species.
Conservation measures: The species has not been assessed for the Global, European, and National Red Lists. Also it is not included in Appendices of CITES and Bern Conventions. Preliminary evaluation of its conservation status suggests it as Near Threatened. At current the small part of the species' distribution range is covered by Khosrov Forest State Reserve and by Gnishik Protected Landscape. Also those parts are included in Emerald Sites: Khosrov Forest and Gnishik. The species is presented in Gnisheek and Ourtsadzor Prime Butterfly Areas. Among proposed conservation measures the most important once are: (1) assessment of the species' conservation status for the next edition of Red Book of Animals of Armenia; (2) development of more Prime Butterfly Areas and their further inclusion into new Emerald Sites; (3) development of management plans for the existing Emerald Sites; and (4) securing proper Environmental Assessments of open pit and horticulture projects in semi-desert areas.