Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus 1761) (Family Lycaenidae)

Forewing Length: 12-15mm; Wingspan: 25-30mm; Proboscis Length: 7-8mm
Egg Larva Pupa Adult
April - October
(7 - 10 Days)
January - December February - September April - October
(Earliest: 21.4)
(2 - 4 Generations)

Biotopes:
Meadows

Wet Meadows
Food:
(Larva)
(Oligophagous)

Rumex
Food:
(Adult)

Several Asteraceae Nectar

Polygonum bistorta Nectar

Calluna vulgaris Nectar
Parasitoids:
Ichneumon gracilicornis Larva

Pales pavida Larva

Phryxe vulgaris Larva
Possible Parasitoids:
Many Ichneumonidae Larvae

Several Braconidae Larvae

Lepidoptera of Belgium: Lycaena phlaeas
UK Butterflies Small Copper
Nature Spot: Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas
Lepidoptera and Their Ecology: Lycaena phlaeas
Lepiforum: Lycaena phlaeas


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