The Little Feast Continues (Little Copper, Lycaena phlaeas)

small butterfly spackled with dark spots on its wings partially obscured by thin flower petals

A little copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas) feeds on a wild flower.

One of my favorite butterflies, I usually see the little copper (also known as the small copper and the American copper, though I believe it is introduced in these parts) on the dry-soiled, sparsely-vegetated side of the yard. But this one made its way to a wild flower patch on the other side. I sort of wish the petals were not obscuring the butterfly, but it’s growing on me. I had a tough time choosing between the color and the black and white versions for the featured image. The difference for me was in the backgrounds, and I liked the color one better. (But I was pleased with both images; black and white version below.)

small butterfly spackled with dark spots on its wings partially obscured by thin flower petals

A little copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas) feeds on a wild flower. (Black and white version)

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