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Hampshire and
Isle of Wight Branch

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeas

Bradley & Fletcher No.: 1561
Agassiz No.: 61.001

The Small Copper is usually seen in ones and twos, but in some years large numbers may be found at good sites. Males are territorial, often choosing a piece of bare ground or a stone on which to bask and await passing females. They behave aggressively towards any passing insects, returning to the same spot when the chase is over. Though it remains a common and widespread species, the Small Copper declined throughout its range during the twentieth century.

Post-2000 records
Pre-2000 records

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References

More detailed information on this species can be found on the UK Butterflies website.


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