Monday, 30 May 2011

Small Copper in the Churchyard of St John the Baptist, Adel

During this weekend's variable weather we made the most of periodic sunshine and dropped in to the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Adel to see what was around.

Amidst the grassland, in sunny intervals, we were delighted by five or six Small Copper (Lycaena phlaes). Showing their bright copper coloured forewings, this pair headed towards us from the centre of the grassland to settle arms length away and feed from a buttercup. The churchyard contains patches of other foodplants, Hawkweed, Daisy, Dandelion, and Common Sorrel the larval foodplant of the butterfly.  

A Robin settled on a gravestone, accompanied in the churchyard by Blackbird, Wren, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Crow and Magpie.

A common moth Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) settled in the grass.


  1. All lovely images Linda but that second one is a cracker showing both views of the wings close together.
    Your images always seem to have a light vibrant feel about them.

  2. Still looking in on your every post Linda. This one contains the usual excellent images from you.

  3. I really do want to take a picture of Small Coppers this year. I saw one at Flatford Mill in Suffolk last year but it flew before I could snap it. These pictures of yours, Linda, are lovely.


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