Saturday, 7 July 2007

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)

Adult Small Heath (subspecies C. p. pamphilus) at Geddington, Northants - June 2011

OTHER NAMES: Selvedged Heath Eye, Golden Heath Eye
Featured Subspecies: Coenonympha pamphilus pamphilus
Length: ?
Wingspan: 33-37mm
UK Status: Near Threatened IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

In many ways similar to the larger Meadow Brown, the Small Heath is smaller (as the name suggests) and paler than its counterpart. It is also seemingly less numerous, although that may vary with habitat. Quite a dainty butterfly, it is probably less noticable than many species.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera 

Family: Nymphalidae 
Genus: Coenonympha
SUBSPECIES: C. p.lyllus, C. p. marginata, C. p. fulvolactea, C. p. centralasiae, C. p. infrarasa, C. p. juldusica, C. p.ferghana, C. p. nitidissima, C. p. asiaemontium, C. p. rhoumensis, C. p. pamphilus

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species
 - Seen in GeddingtonBrigstock and numerous other locations

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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