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The American Copper, Lycaena phlaeas, is a small butterfly distributed almost worldwide, characterized by the zigzagged orange markings on the hindwings and the black spots on both the forewings and the hindwings. The species name, phlaeas, can be derived from either the Greek word "phlegm," "to burn up" or from the Latin "floreo," "to flourish."
The larva commonly feeds on Sorrel, Dock, and other species of the Buckwheat family.
A beautiful butterfly, small, but a joy to find!