Pearly Heath (Coenonympha arcania)

Taken at Irinovac, Croatia, on June 7th 2017.
(1/160th sec at f13. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 29-36 mm

The Pearly Heath is the most widely-distributed Heath in Europe after the Small Heath.

It is found throughout western Europe (except Britain and most of Spain and Portugal), Turkey, the Transcaucasus, southern Russia and the Urals.

Its habitat is grassy, flowery, bushy places, and damp or dry woodland clearings.

It is univoltine. Adults are on the wing from mid-May to mid-August in a prolonged emergence. The larva is the over-wintering stage.

The larval foodplants are grasses - Poa pratensis, Melica ciliata and Holcus lanatus.

Its behaviour is similar to that of the Small Heath.


25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
23-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
21-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
08-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
25-Jul-2015 : Nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria