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.