Small Copper. Photo: Roger Gall
This vibrant Small Copper was photographed by Roger around the 18/09/17 at West Cliff on Portland.
This beautiful little butterfly flies from late April-late Oct and has one to two broods. The caterpillars feed on Docks and Sorrells.
It doesn’t favour any one particular habitat, so can be seen flying in grassy flowery places, coastal regions and parks and gardens in the UK.
Small Copper Egg. Photo: Mark Pike
Common Blue Egg. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark found both these eggs on Fontmell Down on 05/08/2017, an interesting photo showing the difference between the two. Both eggs will hatch into caterpillars (if not predated) and they will stay as caterpillars all through the winter.
Small Copper. Photo: Lynda Lambert
Small Copper, Queen’s Copse, Wimborne 24/08/2017
Lynda says she was pleased to spot this Small Copper as it was almost hidden in long grasses at the side of a wide track. Also, unbelievably it was her first sighting of a Small Copper this year.
Small Copper. Photo: Richard Belding
Taken by Richard by the side of the Weymouth Relief Road on 18/07/2017. He says, though it was windy, he recorded 14 species.
The Small Copper can have three broods in one year. This will be from the second brood and may breed to cause a third brood seen in later September and early October. The first Small Copper this year was reported to the website on 27 March. Have a look at the comparison between last year and this on our This year v last year page and you will see that the whole of last year brought 160 sightings to the website, while we are only in the middle of the second brood this year and have already recorded 129.
Small Copper. Photo: Keith Howland
This superb little butterfly was photographed by Keith in his garden at Pimperne on 16/07/2017.
Small Copper. Photo: Brian Arnold
Brian Arnold’s first Dorset Small Copper for 2017, photographed back on 13/04/2017 at Ballard Down near Ulwell.
Small Copper. Photo: Elaine Conlon
On what Elaine describes as a “fantastic day” she managed to spot 7 species of butterfly: Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Clouded Yellow and of course this Small Copper! Photographed at Chapman’s Pool on 11/10/2016.
With the old year over, the butterfly year starts again, so who is going to be the first to report a sighting to this website? Continue reading
Small Copper basking. Photo: Elaine Conlon
Small Copper egg laying. Photo: Elaine Conlon
A pair of Small Copper butterflies at Winspit on 11/10/2016. The top butterfly is basking in the Autumn sunshine whilst the female in the bottom photograph is looking for suitable Sorrel leaf on which to lay her egg.
Small Copper. Photo: Penny Hawes
This vibrant Small Copper butterfly was photographed at Portland Bill on 28/09/2016.