Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

.... and in Manx that's Cobbrag veg

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A small but beautiful fast flying butterfly with fiery copper orange wings that have small dark brown spots. Fiery in colour and fiery in nature, the males will intercept and chase almost any flying insect that enters its territory. A widespread butterfly but usually only seen in ones or twos. Like the Common Blue it is often found around the coast but also inland and indeed these two butterfly species often occupy the same patch of ground. The most commonly used caterpillar foodplant is Sheep's Sorrel but it will also use Common Sorrel and Broad-leaved Dock. Generally double brooded but may fit a third brood in given favourable weather conditions. Overwinters as a small caterpillar. On the wing May/June and August/September.

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