Small Copper: We are lucky to have this small. bright, active butterfly in our garden sometimes, especially this year on the Marjoram. Present in many areas, in small colonies, they move fast, flashing orange/copper and are best identified when settled. Males aggressively hold territories, basking on bare ground or stones, and chasing off any approaching insects, before resettling on the same spot. Loving unimproved grassland, a declining habitat, it isn’t surprising that their numbers are sadly declining, too. Conditions: Sun and showers. Temperature: Max 21- Min 10C.
Here’s one stunning reason for growing nectar-rich autumn flowers, like Verbena Bodnantense, This tiny butterfly, the Small Copper, is a real gem but sadly in pretty heavy decline. A very active butterfly, the male is highly aggressive and territorial, but if they settle to feed or warm up you will see their beautiful burnished orange and brown markings. It is a member of the Lycaenid or Gossamer-winged butterfly family. The caterpillars feed on dock and sorrel. Temperature: Max 17- Min 13C.