Large Heath

Coenonympha tullia

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Fraochán Mór [IRL]

Le Daphnis [F]

Grosser Heufalter [D]

Distribution Map (dark areas indicate presence) and Flight Times of this species - \nNB See General Information page for accuracy information


Uncommon. Restricted to a few bogs.


38-42mm (1.50 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]

This is similar to, but larger than, the Small Heath and, in addition, has several eyespots.
The number of eyespots varies widely in this uncommon butterfly.
Like the Marsh Fritillary, this bogland species is endangd by bog drainage and reclamation.