Small Heath

Name: Small Heath

Scientific name: Coenonympha pamphilus

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: A small butterfly, mostly beigey orange above, orange and grey below. Wingspan measures about 3.5 cm. A butterfly of heathland, moorland, grassland and coastal habitats, on the wing throughout the summer in two or three broods, April to October. Caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses.

How to identify: A small, fairly shy, beige and grey butterfly with one eye spot on the front wings. Most likely to be confused with day-flying moths.

Where: Found throughout the country.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: The closely related Large Heath is a butterfly of boggy moorland.

Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/

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