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Small Copper 

Small Copper 

Small Copper

  • National Status: Found in wide range of habitats throughout the UK, range contracting. Population trend 10 years -19%; since 1976 -37%.
  • West Midlands Status: Widespread – range stable. Population trend 10 years – stable.
  • Hotspots: Malvern Hills and Ryall in Worcestershire, Earls Hill in Shropshire. Sites: Prees Heath, The Bog, Highgate Common, Shobdon Hill, North Hill, Malvern.
  • Habitat: Likes dry places including heathland – colonial but will wander. Found in all types of grassland including on acid soils, but absent from intensively farmed areas
  • Flight Period: Usually two generations in the West Midlands: April–June, particularly early May, and late July–October, with some November records in a good year.

  • Wingspan 32–35 mm.

Caterpillar Foodplant: The main foodplants are Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Sheep’s Sorrel (Rumex acetosella). Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius) is also used.

Small Copper Life Cycle

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The Charts show the distribution over the last 5 years widespread but not complete
The Population Trend from Transect Records considered stable
Phenology from Transect Records

Above

The Charts show the distribution over the last 5 years

The Population Trend from Transect Records

Phenology from Casual Records

Gallery by Dave Williams