Small Copper



     Small Copper

           (Lycana phlaes)





Wingspan:  Male 32mm, Female 35mm


This easy to identify little butterfly has bright orange upper wings that sport back markings and borders.
The upper side of the hindwings are greyish brown with orange in the trailing edge. The underside of the forewing is
similar to the upper side but without the black border. The underside of the hindwing is also grey brown with a few black spots.

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Flight Period:

The Small Copper can have three or more broods a year with peaks in abundance between the following months. 

May - June
July - August
September  - October


Open rough ground
Chalk Grassland
Grazed grassland
Set-aside land
Railway embankments

Larval food Plants:

Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Ocasionally on Broad leaved Dock (Rumex obutusifolius)

Status: Resident: Frequent to common

Earliest Sightings
Earliest county record 26th March 1997


Early Sightings
2014 18th April Park Bottom GM & Nick Wynn
2013 17th May Park Bottom Gordon Mackie
2012 6th April Bentley Wood Via David Lambert
2012 24th April West Yatton Down Chris Timbell
2011 18th April Cotley Hill, Heytesbury Nick Wynn
2010 23rd April Park Bottom Nick Wynn
2009 16th April Upton Cow Down Nick Wynn
2008 27th April West Yatton Down Maurice Avent
2007 13th April Harnham, Salisbury Pam Rouquette

Latest county record
5th November 2001