Small Heath

Coenonympha pamphilus

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Fraochán Beag [IRL]

Le Procris [F]

Kleiner Heufalter [D]

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

Grasslands, coastal dunes.

Common in Burren and in coastal areas.


33-37mm (1.30 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]

This is the smallest of the Browns and is predominantly orange/light brown in colour when seen in flight.
At rest, its wings remain closed, showing the grey/brown underside. It is easily disturbed, though its flight is weak, making it easy to track. It has a single eyespot on each wing.