Small Heath is certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. Quite a number of common European butterfly species have turned up in northeastern North America and recently the Common (European) Blue (P. Icarus) has become established in southern Quebec. The Large Cabbage White (P. brassicae) was taken a number of years ago in Maine; the Small Tortoiseshell and the European Peacock have made numerous appearances between them, and who knows which of the European Sulphurs and non-rapae Whites have occurred over here incognito......
Pamphilus should be easy t6o ID in relation to our Ringlet(s).....A photo would help.

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Subject: Re: very small ringlet

I have been seeing several very small ringlets as well. ómaybe a total of 3 in the past few weeks. 

Elinor Osborn Photography
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Craftsbury Common VT 05827

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On Sep 10, 2014, at 2:18 PM, Larry Clarfeld wrote:

Hi folks!

Hoping for some expert advice on this... during a Monarch tagging event at North Branch Nature Center today, one of the participants caught a very tiny ringlet. What is the variation in size of Common Ringlet? this one was not much bigger than my pinky fingernail. Is Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) in the realm of possibilities? I was leading a group, so unfortunately there was no time for more than a quick picture, which is on someone else's camera at the moment.


Larry Clarfeld
Environmental Educator
Youth Birding Coordinator

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-6206
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