Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

Underside - the upperside is rarely seen. Sexes appear similar.
Underside - the upperside is rarely seen. Sexes appear similar.

 
Information

NERC Act S41: Species of Principal Importance
Local status: Colonial and widespread. Usually seen in small numbers but occasionally may be more abundant.
Possibly over-looked and under-recorded.
Size: Small.
Larval foodplant: Fine-leaved grasses
No. of broods: Two
Flight time(s): Mid May to late September. Numbers dip between broods around the end of July.
Winter: Larva
Habits: Always rests with wings closed. Flighty - can be difficult to approach closely.
Habitats: Unimproved grassland, road verges and woodland rides.
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