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I’ve often said that the Small copper is my favourite butterfly, and that’s still true, but the butterfly in my spotlight for 2020 is the Small tortoiseshell. And the good news is that this year I’ve seen more Small tortoiseshells, both the butterflies and their larvae, than in previous years. I hope that means they’re enjoying some good luck, and their numbers are bouncing back everywhere, not just in my locality. I’ve blogged about these beautiful butterflies a few times now: the most recent post was The devil’s butterfly?, in April 2020.

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