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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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10 July, 2010

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Open grassy fields, downlands and even heathland are the place to look for this brilliantly coloured butterfly.

It is not a common species but widespread and is not unusual in suitable habitat in Dorset.

It is unusual in that it has three broods a year, possibly even four in hot years with an Indian summer. That means that you can see them any time from May right through to November. In good years there will be more adults flying from the later broods so the seem far more common in late summer.

The larvae feed on Sorrel and other species of Dock and the overwinter as a larvae which hibernates.

A lovely treat to behold when it opens its wings to soak up the warmth of the sun.