This Small Copper Butterfly enjoyed feasting on the nectar from these Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvensis) flowers. If you want to see these stunning butterflies, consider growing nectar-rich flowers for the adult butterflies and caterpillar food plants in your garden. 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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