If you want to see Small Copper Butterflies in your garden, consider growing the appropriate caterpillar food plants as well as nectar-rich flowers to sustain the adult butterflies. The main caterpillar food plants for the Small Copper Butterfly are Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep’s Sorrel (Rumex acetosella). Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius) may be used occasionally. Pictured on the 6th August during my final Big Butterfly Count for 2023.

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