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Small Copper Butterfly

My Flora and Fauna Friday this week is the Small Copper Butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas).

Alternative common English names include American Copper and Common Copper.

I didn’t realise until recently that the Small Copper butterflies I had photographed in England were the same species as the ones that I have seen in Ontario, Canada.

The butterfly is a Holarctic species, widespread and common across Europe, Asia, North America and also North Africa.

This backlit individual was photographed in a garden in the village of Wybunbury in southern Cheshire, England.

 

Flora and Fauna Friday: Small Copper Butterfly

 

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