Lycaena phlaeas (Kleine vuurvlinder (BE) / Small Copper (EN) / Kleine Feuerfalter (DE) / Cuivré commun (FR) ) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. I displayed this species already at 07/06/2010, showing the details on the underside of the wings. In this image the bright black/orange colored upperside can be seen too. There are between two and three broods a year: the first from end of April untill half June (the 06/07 -image), the second from end of June till begin October (this image) and a possible third brood from beginning of September till end of October. In bright sun it is a very active little butterfly (forewing about 13mm) with the males setting up small territories which they will defend vigorously against rival males or indeed any unlucky passing insect. Even the shadow of a large bird passing overhead is enough to get him going. Females are pursued mercilessly and mating usually occurs low down in vegetation.
Image: Deurne (BE) - 22/08/2010
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