Coenonympha arcania - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Bave Valley, 1 June 2012
Coenonympha arcania Adult


© Matthew Gandy

Coenonympha arcania (Linnaeus, 1761)

Pearly Heath
Le Céphale

Wingspan: 36-42mm

A univoltine species on the wing from May to mid-August, in exceptional years there can be a second brood into September. Recorded from Las Descargues and from the the scrubby, calcareous grasslands of the Causse.

The larva feeds on various grasses.