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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.

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Small Copper. Photo: Elaine Conlon

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.

Small Copper basking. Photo: Elaine Conlon

Small Copper basking. Photo: Elaine Conlon

Small Copper egg laying. 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.