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Unidentified Lycaenid butterfly

Observed: 30th June 2009 By: PerdikaPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in Invertebrates
Small copper perhaps 09 06 30

I believe there are only six butterflies in this family found in Scotland, so it should be possible to identify this quite easily but I cannot. The only other Lycaenid we have in the vicinity is Common Blue, and when I saw this one I was sure it was something different - but what? (I am sorry it is such a poor photograph.)

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) interacts


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Not a lycaenid

The small heath is not a lycaenid (blues, coppers and hairstreaks) but a member of the satyrinae (the "browns") which are a sub family of the nymphalidae (which include the tortoiseshels, admirals, fritillaries etc).

Jonathan Wallace