Small Heath. Photo: Katie Horrocks
Katie photographed this Small Heath at the Higher Hyde Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve, near Wareham, on 23/07/2017
This little butterfly enjoys a wide variety of grassy habitats, various grasses being the caterpillar foodplant. This is one of few butterflies found on the wing in dull as well as sunny weather. It has variable markings with small white spots on lower under hind-wing sometimes absent. Katie’s photo shows just a hint of a row of these spots.
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Small Heaths. Photo: Richard Collier
This amazing photo appears to show three Small Heath butterflies in a menage a trois! We think it is two males and one female. Seen by Richard Collier on a walk from Corfe Castle to Swanage. June 2017.
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Small Heath. Photo: Richard Belding
Do send us your sightings of Small Heath – they are in decline in the UK, and are categorises as High Priority for conservaiton by Butterfly Conservation.
This shot of this small but lovely butterfly was taken at Ballard Down, outside Swanage, around 24/05/2017.
Small Tortoiseshell & Small Heath. Photo: Elaine Conlon
A very summery image showing a Small Heath (left) and Small Tortoiseshell (right) enjoying some nectar at Badbury Rings on 23/08/2016.
Small Heath. Photo: Penny Hawes
Lovey backlit shot taken at Badbury Rings on 6 June.
Small Heath. Photo: Paul Cobb
Another super image from Badbury Rings, taken on the 23/05/15.
Small Heath. Photo: Mel Bray
Taken at Badbury Rings on 23/05/2015.
Mel says: “I think they are a bit photographically neglected in the presence of Blues and Skippers – and they tend to get overlooked and mistaken for small Meadow Browns later in the summer“
This event took place on Sunday 26 May and was attended by twenty-five people keen to see the chalk downland species of late spring. The first really warm weather of the butterfly season meant they were suitably rewarded during a three hour trek along the hills to the north of Cerne Abbas. Dingy Skippers and Small Heaths were there in good numbers plus an occasional Grizzled Skipper. Photographers in the party had the benefit of a fresh Green Hairstreak settling on the turf for a period of time (see picture), which was a new species for some walkers. Another welcome species appearing just once was the Small Copper. Progress along the eastern slopes produced a number of Marsh Fritillaries, indicating a widespread increase in their caterpillar foodplant: devil’s-bit scabious, in that area.
Green Hairstreak. Photo: Colin Burningham.
Once the lowest northwest slopes were reached, the appearance of the regular colony of Duke of Burgundies on the wing was a highlight of the day (see photo). As with last year, this rare and endangered butterfly flew in records numbers, on this occasion about fifteen in total. A return to the starting point found more Marsh Fritillaries to enjoy along the sunny western slopes
Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Colin Varndell
Once the lowest northwest slopes were reached, the appearance of the regular colony of Duke of Burgundies on the wing was a highlight of the day (see photo). As with last year, this rare and endangered butterfly flew in records numbers, on this occasion about fifteen in total. A return to the starting point found more Marsh Fritillaries to enjoy along the sunny western slopes.