Lycaena phlaeas (NL: Kleine vuurvlinder / EN: Small Copper, American Copper, Common Copper / DE: Kleiner Feuerfalter / FR: Cuivré commun, Bronzé) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. The butterflies have a wingspan reaching 22 to 27 mm. The upperside forewings are a bright orange with a dark outside edge border and with eight or nine black spots. The hindwings are dark with an orange border. It is found in a wide variety range of habitats from chalk downlands, heathland, woodland clearings to churchyards and waste ground in cities and is widespread and common across Europe, Asia, and North America, and also found in North Africa south through to Ethiopia. There are between two and three broods a year, fewer further north. In exceptionally good years, a fourth brood sometimes occurs in the south and adults can still be seen flying into November.
Image: Kalmthout (B) - 10/09/2011
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