Small Copper. Photo: Caroline Stringer,
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.
Small Copper. Abb. Photo: Andy Martin
Small Copper ab. Photo: Andy Martin
Andy found this Small Copper aberration at Ulwell, on 11/04/19 Continue reading
Small Coppers. Photo: Andy Martin
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
Small Copper. Photo: Brian Arnold
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.
Small Copper, aberration. Photo: Mark Pike
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
Small Copper, Aberration. Photo: Ann Cryer
Ann and Gordon came across this Small Copper in a meadow near their Shaftesbury home on 2/09/18.
They told us they saw a number of Small Coppers and then noticed this one with a pale wing. It is an aberration, but not a named one as some are.
Small Coppers have had at least three broods this year so they should be on the wing for a few weeks yet for us to enjoy.
Small Copper. Photo: Nicola Maslen
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.
Small Copper. Photo: Martin Wood
Martin was visiting Longham Lakes on 27/08/18 when he saw this Small Copper
This sun-loving butterfly is often found resting on the ground, vegetation or flowers, as it absorbs the sun’s rays
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.
Small Copper. Photo: Dave Law
Dave tells us:
A quick walk along the riverbank of Sturminster meadow on 19/8 /18. No sign of any second brood Small Tortoiseshell larval nests but came across two male Small Coppers battling for a territory. The winner then posed nicely for a picture. Also flying were Common Blues.
There are typically 2 or 3 generations each year, depending on the weather, with 4 generations in extremely good years. The first adults emerge in May, occasionally at the end of April, with the last adults being seen around the middle of October.
Small Copper. Photo: Ann Barlow
Ann found this Small Copper in DWT’s Corfe Mullen Meadow reserve on 22/07/18The Small Copper is a fast flying butterfly that, once settled, is unmistakable with its bright copper-coloured forewings. It is a widespread species and occurs in discrete colonies throughout the British Isles, but is absent from mountainous areas and far north-west Scotland, the Outer Hebrides and Shetland. Most colonies are fairly small, with just a few adults being seen on the wing at any one time.