Small Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

Show next species
Show previous photo Show next photo

Copróg Bheag [IRL]

Cuivré commun [F]

Kleine Feuerfalter [D]

Distribution Map (dark areas indicate presence) and Flight Times of this species - \nNB See General Information page for accuracy information

Several habitats, gardens, hedgerows, grasslands.

Common in most regions.

Common sorrel.

26-32mm (1.02 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]

The Small Copper is fairly common in Ireland. It is a fast flyer that will occassionally visit gardens but is usually found in fields, hedgerows and woodland edges.
It has shiny copper wings with black dashes. Some specimums have small blue dots on the wings close to the body.