Coenonympha arcania

Pearly Heath


by Matt Rowlings

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Asturias Mts, Spain, July 2011

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Geneva, Switzerland, June 2010

Field notes and information

This is a widespread and common species across central and southern Europe.

Identification & Similar species: The broad white underside band is on the rich chestnut-grey ground colour of the underside hindwing is distinctive.

Similar to the Darwin's heath C. darwiniana is found at higher levels so the species do not fly together. That species has much narrower white band on the underside and is found at higher altitudes in the western Alps.

Distribution & Flight: Most of Europe except southern Spain, UK, most of Scandinavia.

Habitat & Behaviour: It is found in roadside meadows, clearings and open places from low levels to moderately high altitudes.

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2006

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Stockholm, Sweden, July 2022

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2017

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Huesca, Spain, July 2017

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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Geneva, Switzerland, June 2007

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S Greece, July 2018

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, May 2005

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Piedmont, Italy, June 2004

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Genève, Switzerland, June 2014

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NW Greece, July 2016

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S Pyrenees, Spain, August 2003

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Var, France, May 2004

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NW Greece, July 2016