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view of a vibrant Small Copper nectaring on Ragwort

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 on the Weymouth Relief Road

Side view of Small copper on a stony area

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.