Butterflies - Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
A tiny jewel of a butterfly, the metallic copper coloured forewings of this small butterfly give its name away. The Small Copper is rarely seen in great numbers. Most colonies consist of a few individuals. The males are higly terrtorial and will attempt to chase of rivals and even birds in order to protect his territory.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Sheep's Sorel (Rumex acetosella)
Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius)
The Small Copper lives in a wide variety of habitats where it is warm and dry, from roadside verges and disused railway lines to moorland and heath.
It is usually found in small colonies often consisting of no more than a few dozen individuals. The numbers of Small Copper fluctuates depending upon the weather. Hot summers will usually boost numbers substantially so long as the larvae foodplant is not affected by drought.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Draycote Meadows (WWT Reserve)
Shadowbrook Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Grove Hill (WWT Reserve)
Loxley Church Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Knowle Hill (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Small Copper is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Small Copper butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.