first saw dusky heaths in Spain in 1983, but because the border with
Gibraltar (where I lived and worked) was then closed by the Spanish on
their own terms my camera was confiscated when I crossed it! I saw
another individual in Hungary in 1994 but was unable to film it. I only
got poor photos in the South of France in 2004 so it was with great joy
I photographed the above individuals in July 2011 in Spain.
is a very distinctive butterfly. Although superficially similar to some
other heaths it is instantly identifiable in the field, not least by
the outwardly curving row of spots on the hindwing. It is a
characteristic butterfly of hot, dusty locations in Spain, Italy and
the south of France.