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American Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
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American Copper - Liverpool, NS - 2009-08-10
Photo © Jim Edsall
Status in Nova Scotia
Generally distributed but seldom numerous.

Flight Period
First brood: early June to mid-July; second brood early August to late September.

Fields, roadsides, pastures.

Larval Foodplants
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella), Curled Dock (R. crispus).

Similar Species in Nova Scotia

This species is present throughout the Holarctic. In England it is called the Small Copper, and this name is also used sometimes in North American references.

Further Reading

American Copper - Sutherland Lake, NS, 2012-08-27
American Copper - Sutherland Lake, NS - 2012-08-27
Photo © Phil Schappert
American Copper - River Bourgeois, NS, 2012-06-30
American Copper - River Bourgeois, NS - 2012-06-30
Photo © Rita Viau
American Copper - Spencer's Island, 2012-08-14
American Copper - Spencer's Island - 2012-08-14
Photo © Kathleen F. Spicer