John took this photo of a Small Copper nectaring on a Cosmos flower in his Hinton St Mary Garden on 06/10/2019 but delayed publishing it in the Gallery until now to try and brighten a grey November day. A reminder of a good butterfly summer and the hope of another one next year.
Clive sent us this photo of a rather nice example of a Small Copper he found on a visit to Brownsea Island on 19/09/2019.
Phil spotted this Small Copper in Slough Lane, Upton on 4/08/19.
Last year this species did so well over the whole country but not so far this year. However there is time yet as this butterfly can produce a late generation in September if conditions are favourable.
Mel visited Throop on 16/07/19 and found both Common Blue and Small Copper 2nd generation butterflies on the wing.
The brown colouring and blue basal flush on the the Common Blue tells us it is a female , the male being a plain blue with a white edge to the wings.
Hod Hill features again! There must be a lot of butterfly photographers up there – we can only congratulate them on being able to climb the hill and still have breath to take pictures. John spotted this on 12/05/2019.
Caroline caught this lovely shot at Lydlinch (North Dorset) on 06/05/2019.
If you look on our Annual Summary 2019 page, you will see that 165 Small Coppers have been reported so far this year, making it the sixth most frequently spotted species after the Brimstone, Peacock. Orange Tip, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue.
Andy found this Small Copper aberration at Ulwell, on 11/04/19 Continue reading
Andy visited Southbourne Undercliff on 26/3/19 and spotted his first Small Copper. When he returned on 29/03/19 he saw four individuals and took this photo of a mating pair. Continue reading
Brian saw this Small Copper in his garden at Harman’s Cross on 24/09/18 and told us that during the recent sunny days, he had been seeing a lot of butterflies in the garden.
This year Small Coppers have been reported in large numbers since August, which is good as in recent years this species has been in decline.
Mark photographed this Small Copper in his Motcombe garden, on 9/09/18.
This aberration showing blue spots is named Caeruleopunctata, and when it is found it is often noticed that a small colony of Small Coppers will be found with these extra spots in the same location. Continue reading