Chestnut Heath (Coenonympha glyceron)

Taken at Gracac, Croatia, on June 7th 2017.
(1/640th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 25-34mm

As with all heaths, the upper surface is never seen at rest. The forewing underside is orange with a grey apical patch, and the hindwing has a white patch and an orange sub-marginal line. The sexes are similar.

It is widespread and common in central and northern Europe.

It is found in diverse grassy environments, meadows and other grasslands, fallow land, field edges and woodland clearings up to 2100m.

The is one generation between early June and August.

A wide range of grasses are used as larval foodplants.


07-Jun-2017 : Gracac, Croatia