Small Copper


Lycaena phlaeas – One of my favourite of the small butterflies, but one I see much too infrequently here. But thankfully, according to Butterfly Conservation, its priority is low and it is not threatened here in Britain or across Europe as a whole. I came across this one in a local field settled on Oxeye Daisy.


Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

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Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

I haven’t seen this trully beautiful small butterfly for some years around here, in fact the last time I photographed it was 10 years to the month. It was certainly making the most of this White Clover.

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

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May 2018, local field, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman. Sigma 18-300mm lens.