I used to do occasional
Sardinia and found this butterfly not uncommonly along roadsides.
Sadly, I haven't been back for many years and only have the one
picture, taken with my now deceased 35mm SLR. The species is also found
on Corsica, Capraia, Elba and locally on the Tuscan coast. It seems not
to have spread further into Italy though it might yet do this, as the
jump to the mainland is itself quite recent, I believe.
Identification is not difficult. This is a tiny butterfly, much smaller than the small and pearly heaths, the only other Coenonympha
species whose ranges overlap with it. It is pale beneath, with distinct
eyespots and an irregular, cream line traversing the hindwing.
The Corsican heath flies grassy, rocky places and along tracks in two
or more broods from May to August. It is the caterpillar that