SK0169 : Small Heath butterfly feeding on seedhead

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Flash, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Small Heath  butterfly feeding on seedhead
Small Heath butterfly feeding on seedhead
On a track from Reeve-edge quarry. Moorland in the Peak District.
Despite its name, the Small Heath is not confined to heathland and can be found in a wide variety of habitats. The main distinguishing feature of this species is that this is the smallest of our 'browns' and is closer in size to a skipper, Common Blue or Brown Argus than its relatives, such as the Meadow Brown. However, its fluttering flight is quite different from that of the skippers and blues and is relatively-easy to identify in the field.

This charming little butterfly always settles with its wings closed, where the eye spot on the underside of the forewing is usually visible, acting as a decoy to any predator. The forewings are tucked behind the hindwings when roosting for long periods, or in dull weather, the butterfly looking quite inconspicuous as the browns and greys of the underside of the hindwing blend in with their surroundings.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 8 July, 2010
Category
Butterfly   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 011 694 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:13.2989N 1:59.0990W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 011 694
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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