American Coppers are flying here at Flower Hill Farm this spring of 2015. The only thing more exciting than seeing one American Copper . . .
is seeing two together.
It was not easy to capture these images as the butterflies were flitting and twirling about so rapidly in unison. Together, as in a dance, they were drawing oval shapes in the air then suddenly separating. A fun chase scene to observe in the south field where a swath of sheep-sorrel grows along side the dwarf cinquefoil. Sheep-sorrel acts as a host plant for the American Copper caterpillar.
At least five coppers were alternately drinking from tiny cinquefoil blooms and then partnering up for their courtship flights. The flowers are a bit smaller than a dime to give an idea of the size of the American Copper. It was enchanting to stand in the south field like a giant above these teeny butterflies and their habitat. To learn more about these wondrous little creatures visit – http://www.butterfliesofmassachusetts.net/Am%20Copper.htm
You can see more of Flower Hill Farm Butterflies over the years including American Coppers here.