logo

Pearly Heath Butterfly - Coenonympha arcania

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Lepidoptera - Family: Nymphalidae

Pearly Heath butterfly

This smallish butterfly (wingspan 1.7 to 1.9cm) is found in grassland and open woodland. In common with other butterflies in the 'Browns' group this butterfly holds its wings together when at rest.

The Pearly Heath is one of 39 members of the Coenonympha genus that are currently listed worldwide, and of these 14 have so far been recorded in Europe.

Distribution

Fairly common in central and southern Europe, excluding the southern half of the Iberian Peninsula, the Pearly Heath is also found into Asia at least as far as Iran. It does not ocur in Britain.

Lifecycle

The eggs are laid singly on grass near to bushes, and the caterpillars overwinter in the fourth instar. The pupa is suspended on a stalk. Pearly Heath butterflies can be seen on the wing between June and September.

Studying butterflies and moths...


Dead Drift, the latest novel by Pat O'Reilly

Fascinated by rivers, lakes and wild trout? Then you would really enjoy Pat O'Reilly's latest river-based thriller Dead Drift. All publisher profits and author royalties are being donated to support the Wild Trout Trust, helping communities to restore and protect wild trout and their habitats. Order your copy here...

Other nature books from First Nature...

© 1995 - 2021 First Nature

Terms of use - Privacy policy - Disable cookies - External links policy