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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild August -

One of our feisti­est but­ter­flies, the small cop­per flies rapidly and sel­dom set­tles for long, so it’s eas­ily over­looked and in­fu­ri­ates pho­tog­ra­phers. It also lives in small, widely scat­tered colonies, mean­ing you rarely see more than a couple at a time. The year’s sec­ond gen­er­a­tion is on the wing in Au­gust – look for th­ese rest­less beau­ties along sunny hedgerows, wood­land rides, banks and road verges, and on brown­field sites.

TOP TIP Look closer: males are smaller and have more pointed wings.

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