Friday, 7 August 2015

Small Copper Returns


The Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) a species that has avoided me for some time. I had to check my records to remind me the last time I actually observed one of these little beauties. 
It was one only in 2012 in England, before that quite a few during 2010 in Tuscany. 
So it was quite a surprise this week when conducting my Woodland/Heathland walk to find this female.








18 comments:

  1. I've been enjoying your butterflies. You are lucky to have so many in your area. Our numbers have been down.

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    1. There are good numbers with some species this year Steve, but as usual others are less that were good the year before and vice versa.

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  2. That was a nice surprise for you after 3 years. And it is a beauty. Very nice photo's!

    Regards,
    Marianne

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  3. Beautiful butterflies, but not seen a single one this year, sadly.

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  4. Nice to see you managed to spot some Coppers...!
    Amanda xx

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  5. Well done Roy and additional congrats for these stunning photos :-) Small Coppers make rewarding photographic subjects don't they!

    Hope you have a great weekend and kindest regards to all :-)

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    1. Thanks David, yes they have a special colouring I think.

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  6. How lovely to see this butterfly again after quite a few years.

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  7. Encore une belle espèce chez toi Roy !

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  8. Hey Roy... Well good for you to get to see this one after a few years of not getting an opportunity too. It is a beauty, and a beauty of a photo opp. with those gorgeous yellow flowers to bring out the butterflies colors.

    "Yes" of course I am going to ask!!! :} Do you know what those flowers are?

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG.
      Yes its the Common Fleabane. (now you know why I didn't mention it.) {:))

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  9. The Small Copper is a lovely little butterfly, always a treat to see one, the last time I saw one was at Cerne back in May. Lovely set of pictures of this butterfly.

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    1. Thanks Lyn, your making me feel homesick again.

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