Tag Archives: Small Heath

View of a Small Heath showing under fore-wings and hind-wings resting on a grass stem

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.


Three Small Heaths mating!

Three Small Heaths on a twig

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.

Let us know if you have ever seen anything like this before – we’d be interested: email photos@dorsetbutterflies.com

Small Heath on Ballard Down

Small Heath sitting on a plantain head with its wings closed

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.