Small Heath Butterfly

Latin name: Coenonympha pamphilus

The Small Heath is one of the family of brown butterflies. The chance of seeing it would be on a still sunny day between June and August on improved pastures, calcareous grasslands or acid moorland with short grass. Its wings are always kept closed when at rest.

This species is widespread in the UK and occurs across much of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Despite large seasonal variations in population size that are a result of different weather conditions during the flight period, all the monitored populations in the YDNP are currently increasing or stable.

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