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Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

In nature exceptions are more or less the rule. In this case it means that there are blues which are... not blue! In fact there's a whole group of them. Their basic colour is more or less copper and therefore they are actually called: coppers. In most gardens in Holland the Small Copper is a regular guest. It looks very much like a Small Tortoiseshell, only darker and much smaller. The Small Copper can be found in Europe, Northern Africa, Northern Asia and in Northern America and usually is common everywhere. Reaching a wingspan of no more than 25 mm this is a very small butterfly indeed.