view of a pair of mating Small Heaths

Small Heath, mating. Photo: Brian Arnold

view of a pair of mating Small Heaths on photographers finger

Small Heath, mating. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian found this mating pair of ‘tame’ Small Heaths whilst walking his transect at Durlston East on 28/08/18.

Males set up territories where they can be found perching, although they also spend time patrolling in search of a mate. When a male encounters another, the pair flies a few metres up into the air before separating. Virgin females will also zig-zag over the vegetation in search of a mate. Mating may happen at any time of day and a mating pair may remain coupled from as little as 10 minutes up to 5 hours.

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