June 5th   Leave a comment

With the warmer, sunnier weather of the last few days, there have been more butterflies about. This morning up at Lower Kenly, I saw my first small copper butterfly of the year. I usually see them at West Braes or Kilminning – they like the short grass of the coastal path. Although they are coppery red, they are actually “blues”. Female common blues are like small coppers, but with less red – they are often along the coastal path too. Small coppers have a dark hind wing, contrasting with red. It looks black at first glance, but if it catches the light, it is iridescent. They are worth looking at closely, although they are very flighty and shy butterflies, moving on if you get within a few meters of them.

Small copper butterfly

Posted June 5, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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