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Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas - male (top row) - form caeruleopunctata (top right) - female (bottom row). Wingspan 25mm. A colourful butterfly associated with open, grassy habitats. Adult has striking orange upperwings, variably marked with dark brown; underwings have similar pattern to upperwings but grey-buff replaces the dark brown. Has two or three broods: seen on the wing May-September. Larva feeds on Sheep’s Sorrel. Locally common in undisturbed meadows, grassy heaths and sea cliffs.
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Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas - male (top row) - form caeruleopunctata (top right) - female (bottom row). Wingspan 25mm. A colourful butterfly associated with open, grassy habitats. Adult has striking orange upperwings, variably marked with dark brown; underwings have similar pattern to upperwings but grey-buff replaces the dark brown. Has two or three broods: seen on the wing May-September. Larva feeds on Sheep’s Sorrel. Locally common in undisturbed meadows, grassy heaths and sea cliffs.

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Date: 8 Jan 2015
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/Nature Photographers Ltd
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