Small Copper
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Bison Hill, Beds
9 June 2013
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Roseland House
24 July 2010
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Roseland House
Male. 28 July 2010
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Mann's Cross
31 July 2009
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Blue-spotted. 15 Aug 2011
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Aston Rowant, Oxon
26 Aug 2012
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Roseland House
1 Sept 2011
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Roseland House
7 Sept 2012
Small photograph of a Small Copper
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Devil's Dyke, Cambs
15 Sept 2012

The Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas

The Small Copper is one of our less common butterflies. It can produce two or three broods per year and over-winters as a larva. The Larval food plants are Docks and Sorrel. Adults from the first brood are on the wing in late spring, from the second in July or early August and the third in early September and October. It is often seen on thistle flowers.

Internal links: Home . Butterfly list . Main Gallery . Aston Rowant . Bison Hill . North Warren

External links to the Small Copper pages at: British Butterflies by Steven Cheshire . UK Butterflies by Peter Eeles
Search menu at Cockayne database for forms and aberrations

Adults in flight: MOST SEEN on ANY ONE DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Small Copper sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Adults in flight: AVERAGE SIGHTINGS PER COUNTING DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Small Copper sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.         All species
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0.1 0.2 0
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Weather notes:
2011. July - early August very wet.
2012. April - mid July very wet. August to mid September dry.
2013. Winter wet, March and early April, very cold. The rest of the spring was mostly cold. July, mostly very warm. August, warm.

Other personal sightings:

27 July 2009. Great Yeldham. Mann's Cross. 1 Small Copper.
31 July 2009. Great Yeldham. Mann's Cross. 1 Small Copper.
31 July 2011. Engine Bank, Mepal. Late morning to mid day. Bright intervals, fairly windy. 4 Small Coppers.
14 and 15 Aug 2011. Aldeburgh. North Warren. Few Small Coppers including 1 blue-spotted.
26 Aug 2012. Aston Rowant. 3 Small Coppers.
15 Sept 2012. Devil's Dyke, Newmarket Heath, opposite to the July Course Stands. 1 Small Copper.
9 June 2013. Bison Hill, Whipsnade. 1 Small Copper.
18 June 2013. Whitecross Green Wood. 2 Small Coppers.
18 June 2013. Aston Rowant. 1 Small Copper.

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