|A male Small Heath where you would normally find this species|
The male is smaller than the female and are quite similar in appearance but not the same.
|A male Small Heath showing the undersides of it's wings and,|
a rare glimpse of a small part of the upper wing.
The female's forewing undersides are a lighter orange in colour to that of the males which are slightly darker.
|A female Small Heath|
Both sexes always land [roost, feeding etc.] with their wings closed. The upper side of the wings in both sexes are orange, again the females are slightly lighter than the males. There are two, sometimes three broods a year. They fly between late April and late June/early July and, between late July/late September and, if there is a third brood, October. They overwinter as a caterpillar in stages/instars.