This small butterfly can be found in old fields. It tends to fly close to the ground and often rests on bare soil. Here it is shown taking nectar from clover. When feeding the wings tend to be held overhead, but with patience one can observe the brilliant pattern on the dorsal wings. Note the bright orange color of the forewing and the narrow orange band on the underside of the hindwing. These features make it possible to distinguish the American Copper from the Bronze Copper, which has a yellow-orange or bronze forewing.