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Small Coppers at Johnshill.

This pretty little butterfly is often overlooked due to its small size.


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Sunday 6th September was a gloriously warm day and whilst conducting the weekly butterfly survey the Clyde Muirshiel Rangers were treated to not one but two small copper butterflies in the Johnshill Field. This butterfly is a little smaller the bigger small tortoiseshell and peacocks and so can sometimes be overlooked.

It’s host plants for eggs and larvae are the leaves of dock, common and sheep sorrel or sometimes knotgrass. It is testament to how well the meadow in the area is doing that so many species have now been seen regularly.

We managed to get an image of the butterfly also it’s not the best as its so small and phone cameras do not do it justice! So here’s a stock photo.

If you see one then please submit to Butterfly Conservation’s Small Copper Survey here.

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