The small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) is not confined to heathland – it can be found in a wide variety of habitats. It is the smallest of the 'browns' and is closer in size to a skipper, Common Blue or Brown Argus than its relatives, such as the Meadow Brown. Originally, the female was referred to as the Golden Heath Eye and the male as the Selvedged Heath Eye. The small heath is spread throughout the Western Palearctic, particularly in Europe.
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