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Small Copper

Observed: 23rd July 2009 By: JaseJJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in Invertebrates
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper butterfly

It looks like the Small Coppers are challenging the Gatekeepers to be the most abundant butterfly species on the meadow this week.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Small Copper interacts


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small coppers

Interesting observation, small coppers are not at all numerous in Dorset this year, whereas gatekeepers are extremely abundant. I often wonder why we don't see more small coppers down here, as their foodplant (sorrel) is everywhere. Perhaps they are being parasitised by a wasp (or fly as in the case of the small tortoiseshell), in which case their numbers will revive in a few years when the parasite's population drops.

Bob Ford