Tag Archives: Small Heath

Orange and brown butterfly perching on a flower head

Small Heath. Photo: John Woodruff

During a visit to Badbury Rings on Tuesday night, 02/06/2020 looking for Dark Green Fritillaries, John told us that this little chap appeared and posed readily for the camera
whereas the Dark Greens refused to put in an appearance.

View of a resting bright blue butterfly

Common Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a resting pale brown and orange butterfly

Small Heath. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent to us with the following comments:

We walked from home today, 24/05/2020 to Seacombe and Dancing Ledge on the coast path. There were lots of very fresh looking Small Heath and Common Blue. One of the blues was such a brilliant blue that I was convinced it was an Adonis Blue until I saw it up close and realised it was a Common Blue trying to fool us into thinking it was an Adonis!

View of two brown, orange and yellow butterflies resting on a green plant

Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of two pale brown and orange butterflies mating on a green plant

Small Heath. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two remarkable photos sent to us by Shona with the following commentary:

Still on Giant Hill on 15/05/2020, I saw my first ever mating pair of Small Heaths. I also saw this female Marsh Fritillary being pursued by two males – she kept fluttering and walking away from them. One in particular wouldn’t take no for an answer – he kept creeping up behind her and appearing to be sniffing the tip of her abdomen!  What a great butterfly day it was.

View of a bright blue butterfly on a yellow flower

Adonis Blue. Photo: Paul Freedman

View of a brown and orange butterfly resting on green foliage

Small Heath. Photo: Paul Freedman

Paul sent us these photos saying that he had experienced a weekend of contrasts on Ballard Down.  Last Thursday 07/05/2020 he told us he saw a multitude of butterflies there, including this Small Heath and the Adonis Blue plus many others but on Sunday, 10/05/2020 when he returned there was virtually nothing on the wing except for a solitary Painted Lady which braved the chilly wind.

View of a brown butterfly with some orange markings and white fringe to wings resting on a green plant

Brown Argus. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a pale beige, brown and orange butterfly resting on the ground

Small Heath. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us these photos of his first sightings this year of these two butterfly species together with the following comments:

We went for a walk up Ballard Down today, 04/05/2020 following the coast path from the Ballard Estate in North Swanage to Old Harry Rocks at Handfast Point. It was a very dull windy day, but luckily the sun came out as we got to the upper slopes.  On the way up from Ballard Estate we found a number of butterflies that were sheltered from the wind on the south east facing slope.  There were Small White, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Brown Argus (the first I have seen this year), Small Heath (the first I have seen this year), Speckled Wood, Wall, Dingy Skipper and a rather lovely pair of Bloody Nose Beetles.

View of blue butterfly on yellow flower

Common Blue. Photo: Lynda Lambert

View of a brown and orange butterfly on yellow flower

Small Heath. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Lynda took full advantage of the sunshine at Badbury Rings on 08/09/2019 and found this pristine Common Blue, the only one she found apart from a very tatty female. She also saw 18 Small Heath including the one in this photo during her wander around the rings.

Side view of butterfly with orange top wing and beige and brown underwing

Small Heath. Photo: Ann Barlow

A special photo for Ann – the first time she has seen Small Heath butterflies! Seen at Lesley’s Field, Corfe Mullen 24/05/2019.

Good numbers of Small Heath have been reported from Badbury Rings and Compton Down.

Brown and orange butterfly against a brown background

Small Heath. Photo: Mel Bray

Mel reports that, apart from Dingy and Grizzled Skippers, Small Heaths seem the most numerous at Badbury Rings at the moment – he actually lost count of how many there were! He also saw a number of freshly emerged Common Blues.

view of a Small Heath resting on a dried flower head

Small Heath. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark saw this Small Heath at Badbury Rings on 22/04/19.

He tells us:

Super morning at Badbury, counted 21 Dingy Skips, 13 Grizzlies and 5 Small Heath with plenty of the commoner stuff.

Mark did mean butterflies and not bears when referring to Grizzlies🤞