61.001 .... B&F 1561
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas (Linnaeus, 1761)
Status .....Common at most sites in Nottinghamshire, the Small Copper is a butterfly with very few habitat demands. It is certainly never found at any site in numbers; usually recorded singly, males persuing females, or males battling other males over territory. Often found on post-industrial brownfield sites, it is an early pioneering species of most of Nottinghamshire's former Collieries and disused railway lines etc. It does have a preference for areas where the vegetation is sparse, so is not often encountered deep within woodland, rather preferring the sides of rough forest tracks. Odd examples will occasionally turn up in gardens and in the untidy corners of urban parks and playing fields.
Photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top September 2021
Photographed at Eakring Meadows July 2009   Photographed at Budby South Forest August 2009
Photographed at Eakring Meadows May 2003
Photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top July 2006
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Small Copper
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. David Shaw.  Darren Matthews. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Pauline Bradford. Steve Horne. Wil Heeney. Nottingham City Council. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Steven Chick. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. Graham Birkett.

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Updated January 2021

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