Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas
The Small Copper is a common and widespread species found in a variety of habitats including heathland, unimproved grassland, woodland rides, waste ground and may also visit gardens.
The Small Copper is identified by its brightly burnished copper forewings with black margins and spots. The hindwings are dark with black-spotted copper margins. There is also an aberrant form which has a row of blue spots on the hindwing. The male is highly territorial and vigorously attacks any intruders. This is a butterfly that thrives in hot, sunny conditions.
The Small Copper can have as many as four broods a year, flying between late April and the end of October.
Eggs are laid singly on the under-surface of Common and Sheep's Sorrel, and occasionally Dock leaves.