Small Copper Butterfly Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper butterfly
The Small Copper butterfly is named after the copper-orange wings with a slight green-blue tinge from hair near the body.
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper butterfly
It is roughly the size of the Common Blue butterfly and, like the Blue, its "Large" relative became extinct in the UK, but is being re-introduced from Continental stock.
Small Copper butterfly caeruleopunctata
Form caeruleopunctata, a variation with pale blue spots on hind wing
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper, form caeruleopunctata in Totteridge Fields, London
Small Copper butterfly 4-2-2 form
Small Copper butterfly 4-2-2 form
The spots on top of the forewing vary-- Southern Europe
Small Copper butterfly 3-2-2 form
The spots on top of forewing -- UK