The Small Copper

Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland.

The onset of Summer brings the coast to life in my little part of the world with wild flowers bursting out from sometimes the most unexpected of places. Wildlife of course take advantage of this early summer bloom and I came across this little patch of wild flowers when my eye was taken by the brilliancy of the Small Copper butterfly which eventually landed upon it. To give some idea of scale the Small Copper has a wingspan of between 32mm and 35mm and it wouldn't be far from life size in my photograph. The flowers surrounding the Small Copper were tiny and on closer examination I discovered that they resembled a Snap Dragon. I have tried to identify them but without success. Maybe someone can help please? Sometimes it is the smallest part of the landscape which draws ones attention!