The Small Copper is the only Copper Butterfly species resident in the British Isles.
The Large Copper became extinct in the British Isles over 150 years ago but is still found in other localised parts of Europe.
There are 10 species of Copper butterfly in Europe
The copper butterflies in the family Lycaeninae are shown in the gallery below.
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
The Small Copper Butterfly species page has images and descriptions of the butterfly and its life cycle including caterpillar and pupa.
Other butterfly galleries:
- Skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae)
- Swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae)
- White and yellow butterflies (Pieridae)
- Hairstreak butterflies (Theclinae)
- Copper butterflies (Lycaeninae) – this page
- Blue butterflies (Polyommatinae) and Metalmark butterflies (Riodinidae)
- Vanessid butterflies (Nymphalinae) and Admiral butterflies (Limenitidinae) and Emperor butterflies (Apaturinae)
- Fritillary butterflies (Heliconiinae)
- Brown butterflies (Satyrinae)