Small Heath

Coenonympha pamphilus


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Coenonympha pamphilus

Switzerland, April 2014

Coenonympha pamphilus

Switzerland, June 2013

Coenonympha pamphilus

Italy, June 2013



Switzerland, May 2008

Switzerland, May 2005

Switzerland, 2007

Coenonympha lyllus

Subspecies lyllus - considered a separate species by some authors - Andalucía, July 2017

Coenonympha lyllus

Subspecies lyllus, Andalucía, July 2017, showing broad, dark border of upperside

Coenonympha lyllus

Subspecies lyllus, Andalucía, July 2017

Coenonympha lyllus

Subspecies lyllus, Andalucía, July 2017

The small heath is a very common butterfly in almost all Europe, though in some regions it is replaced by more specialised species of heath (Alpine heath or Darwin's heath in the high Alps near me, for example). Because of its familiarity it hardly needs a description, but note the largely unmarked hindwing, lacking any prominent rings or clearly defined white patches.