These resident butterflies are strongly associated with woodland. They can be seen in sheltered grassy areas in the vicinity of woodland and similar places such as country lanes and scrub. The adults are on the wing from July through to September.
The caterpillars feed on various grasses including
Couch and Red Fescue. These grasses are discouraged by intensive grassland farming.
This and the loss of hedgerows has resulted in this butterfly going into decline.
Although it is more common in the south of England it is absent from Scotland. The
caterpillars are nocturnal and hibernate in winter.
Find out more about butterflies here.