Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species is widely distributed in almost entire Eurasia. Armenia is inhabited by endemic subspecies L. v. armeniaca (A. Bang-Haas, 1906), which occupies wet mountain steppes and meadows at the elevation range from 1800 to 2700 m a.s.l., rarely occurs in glades of upper parts of mountain deciduous forests. The host plants of Scarce Copper are various species of Rumex, although most common one is R.acetosa. Butterflies give one generation per year and are on wing from early July to mid August depending on elevation.
Population dynamics: The species is quite common within typical habitat, and the population trend demonstrates stability. It appears that the processes of mowing and habitat degradation do not touch this quite specialized species, probably due to its annual activity period: female lays down eggs when main mowing is finished, and the caterpillars are feeding before the main grazing activities begin, plus the Rumex is not common eatable plant for the livestock.
Conservation measures: The species is not included in the Global and National Red Lists; in the Red Book of Butterflies of Europe it is included as Least Concern. Also the Scarce Copper is not included into the Annexes of Bern Convention and CITES. Preliminary estimation of its conservation status is Least Concern. The species occurs in variety of Protected Areas and Emerald Sites. Also it is presented in Lichk, Gnisheek, and Artanish-Shorzha Prime Butterfly Areas. Apparently, the species doesn't require special conservation efforts, however it is important to keep its monitoring as Armenia is the only known place for the subspecies L.v. armeniaca (A. Bang-Haas, 1906).