Butterflies - Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
The Small Heath rarely settles more than a meter above ground. They are most often seen flying low to the ground among grass in sunshine. It always settles with Its wings closed as shown in the photo right. Adult butterflies may be seen continuously from late April to September on some sites in southern England but numbers peak throughout the UK in July and August.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Fescues (Festuca spp.)
Meadow-grasses (Poa spp.)
Bents (Agrostis spp.).
This species occurs on grassland where there are fine grasses, especially in dry, well-drained situations where the sward is short and sparse. Populations occur in many other locations including roadside verges, waste ground, woodland rides and glades, moorland, and parkland.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Kingsbury Colliery Spoilheap
Windmill Hill, Nuneaton
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Small Heath is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Small Heath butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.