The Small Heath is a small, inconspicuous butterfly of heathland, moorland, grassland and coastal habitats. Adults are on the wing throughout the summer in two or three broods and fly only in sunny conditions, settling close to the ground. Caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses such as fescues and meadow-grasses.
The Small Heath is a small, fairly shy, beige and grey butterfly, with one eyespot on the forewings. It is most likely to be confused with day-flying moths.
Classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Found throughout the country.
When to see
April – September
The closely related Large Heath is a butterfly of boggy moorland and is also a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.