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Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) | by nutmeg66
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Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

A couple of these butterflies are visiting my herb garden at the moment. They are very territorial and each has a patch - and whenever one strays towards the other a battle ensues.


They're pretty little things and gleam beautifully when the light catches their wings.


If anyone's interested, I made a note of the butterflies in the herb garden in the past couple of days:


Painted Lady

Small Tortoiseshell

Small White

Large White

Green-veined White



Small Copper

Common Blue


Meadow Brown


Essex Skipper

Speckled Wood

Red Admiral


Not a bad selection :-)


(A day after I posted this a Comma and a Holly Blue joined them.)


Not easy typing this because I have a greyhound who thinks she's a lap dog and is being a bit squirmy... soon be time to head out for a walk (and a moth night at a local wood).

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Taken on July 23, 2009