Small copper

Lycaena phlaeas timeus

One of the commoner copper butterflies with a wingspan of 22-36 mm, males are a distinct golden-orange or shiny tin-coppery colour with dark brown margins and many black dots. There is much variation in this species and a desert form. The small is found in all types of habitats, such as coastal farmland, gardens, waste ground, riversides, forests, meadows, grassland, pastures, stony slopes, and semi-desert. Host plants include bird knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare), mountain-sorrel (Oxyria digyna), and docks (Rumex spp.). It flies February through October, in several broods.

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