Small heath - Coenonympha pamphilus

Small heath underside.  

Family: Satyridae

Flight Time: March-November

Size: 26-34mm

Altitude: 0-2700m


A very common species, and widespread too. This was on some wasteground nearby and was an early experiment with a 210mm macro lens. It is a small species so I was very pleased with the size of the image. The one above is very cropped and reduced, it could fill the screen if necessary! There are a number of other 'Heaths' in Europe, see Coenonympha arcania and Coenonympha vaucheri.


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Grasses, Festuca, Poa.


Small heath distribution

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