On a sunny day in March you may be fortunate to find a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly that has just emerged from hibernation. At this time the process of reproduction begins. As a result of this, in mid June the first fresh brood appears. The process repeats again in Southern UK, but not Scotland. This second brood don't mate and start the process of hibernation that will see them through the Winter.
Mid June until the beginning of September is the time that the Small Skipper is on the wing.