Butterflies of Keele

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

small copper upperside

This is a butterfly of open, sunny areas and is not uncommon here.

Adults seem to be particularly fond of Ragwort flowers Senecio. while the larvae of this species feed on Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa and Sheep's Sorrel Rumex acetosella.

small copper underside

There are two broods, the first in May and the second from July to August.