Latin name - Lycaena phlaeas
Flight period - April to October
Wingspan 3.2 to 3.5 cm, 1.26 to 1.38 inch.
The Small Copper lives up to it's name and is quite a small butterfly.
It enjoys warm, dry, sunny habitats and can be found on grassland, heathland,
woodland clearings, waste ground and moorland. The males are territorial
and aggressive towards any passing insects whilst basking and waiting
for female Small Coppers. It has orange forewings with dark brown spots
and margin, and dark brown hindwings, with a band of orange. They can
be seen feeding on Ragwort and thistles, while their caterpillars feed
on Common Sorrel and Sheep's Sorrel.