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.
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 →
Nicola spotted this pristine Small Copper while at RSPB Chaffey’s, Weymouth on 21/08/18.
This sun-loving butterfly is often found resting on the ground, vegetation or flowers, as it absorbs the sun’s rays. Males establish small territories and fly up to intercept any passing insect in the hope of intercepting a passing female. When egg-laying, females are easy to distinguish from males, as they fly low across the ground searching for suitable foodplants on which to lay. Both sexes roost head down on grass stems.