Look out for them May to October on grasslands and in woodlands. Small Copper Facts: • They are sun-loving butterflies who can often be seen basking on flowers. • They lay their eggs on Common or Sheep's Sorrel. • Early names included 'The Small Golden black-spotted Meadow Butterfly' and 'Small Tortoise Shell'. • The related Large Copper became extinct in Britain over 150 years ago due to the draining of their fenland habitat.