If you want to encourage Small Copper Butterflies, consider growing both nectar-rich flowers for the adult butterflies and food plants for the caterpillars. 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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