Small Heath: like a closed book

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Small Heath: like a closed book

The small heath butterfly (Coenonympha pamphilus) looks very much like the meadow brown only much, much smaller. It is found in similar habitat to the meadow brown and flies about the same time and so it can easily be overlooked and incorrectly recorded.

The small heath is also one of the hardest butterflies to photograph that I have so far encountered. They spend a lot of time on the ground and I am sure they can detect the vibration of people approaching and so, just as you creep up on them ready to snap they are gone. They almost always rest with wings closed too so getting a shot of the top side of their wings is pretty difficult.

The first brood flies in July and August and this is quickly followed by a second brood in September and in to October. This butterfly is common on downland and rough grassy places although is, perhaps, less common than it once was.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
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