Coenonympha hero (LINNAEUS, 1761)

Scarce Heath

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Photo by Mario Maier. Coenonympha hero, June 1993, Oberntief / Germany

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pointer.gif (1285 Byte) Family: Satyridae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
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The Scarce Heath are indeed rare butterflies. Their colonies are widely dispersed and few in number, and they are reported to visit almost no flowering plants. The undersides of the wings are much like those of the Pearly Heath (Coenonympha arcania), but the eye-spots are more prominent. The undersides of the wings are dark brown. When resting, the wings are never unfolded. Habitat: Wet meadows and marshlands.

Flight period:
One brood from May to July

Larval host plants:
Elymus arenarius; Hordelymus europaeus; Hordeum marinum.

Red List Germany: 2

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