Species of the Month - May 2012
This butterfly is common over most of Britain but thins out in the north and west. It has two generations in our area, the first in May-June and the second in August-September. The adult butterflies visit a wide variety of flowers, and are often found in the vicinity of Sorrel where the females lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves.
It is a small butterfly but easily recognised. It likes open sunny places such as flowery roadside banks, and will often rest on a stone to bask in the sun.
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No first generation sightings at all.
10 Aug: I found one in Glen Stockdale.
28 Aug: One spotted by Chris on our midweek walk at Dunstaffnage, in area of Devilsbit Scabious flowers.
It was a very good year for butterflies generally but the Small Copper was the exception with no first generation sightings and just two second generation individuals spotted.
- Green Tiger Beetle