Tag Archives: Small Copper

Orange butterfly with black spots and margins to the wings nectaring on a pink flower

Small Copper. Photo: Ann Barlow

Orange butterfly with black markings perched on a seed head

Small Copper. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann was recently back at one of her favourite local sites in Corfe Mullen and was rewarded with these photos of this fine Small Copper which she sent to us with the following comments:

I visited the orchid field on 05/07/2020 – quite a windy day, with not many butterflies about, but this lovely Small Copper was undaunted, and posing very beautifully for me. 

View of a perching orange butterfly with black markings

Small Copper. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a perching orange and pale brown butterfly with black markings

Small Copper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us these two photos with the following comments:

We saw our first Small Copper this year in our garden today, 11/06/2020 at Harman’s Cross near Swanage. Always a really lovely sight, bringing our species total in our garden to 19 this year.

View of an orange butterfly with black markings nectaring on yellow flower

Small Copper. Photo: Peter Siddons

View of a resting brown and orange butterfly with black and white markings on the wing tips

Red Admiral. Photo: Peter Siddons

Peter has sent us these two photo’s he took at the High Angle Battery on Portland.  The Small Copper is readily identified by its brightly burnished copper forewings with black margins and spots and the female is larger than the male which is highly territorial attacking any insect that comes close to it.  The Small Copper photo was taken on 10/05/2020 and the Red Admiral on 07/05/2020.

View of an orange butterfly with black markings resting on the ground.

Small Copper, Photo: Paul Freedman

Paul has sent us this photo of the first Small Copper he has seen this year – seen on Ballard Down this morning, 12/04/2020.  He told us that it perched happily and allowed him to get close for the photo before launching off to find another of its kind.

View of small orange and black butterfly on deep pink Cosmos flower

Small Copper. Photo: John East

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.

Orange and Brown spotted butterfly nectaring on Ragwort

Small Copper. Photo: Phil Woodward

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.

Broiwn and blue butterfly  with orangeand white pattern om both wing edges showing under and forewings

Common Blue. Photo: Mel Bray

Bright orange and brown spotted butterfly

Small Copper. Photo: Mel Bray

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.

Butterfly with orange forewings and brwon hindwinds edges with orange.

Small Copper. Photo: John Woodruff

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.