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Erebia ligea


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Erebia ligea

Switzerland, August 2013

Erebia ligea

Switzerland, August 2013

Erebia ligea

Switzerland, August 2013

Switzerland, June 2005

Switzerland, July 2005

Switzerland, July 2007

Switzerland, August 2008

This common Erebia species is a sign of high summer. It flies in grassland near woods all around where I live in Switzerland, including my garden, though it is not easy to approach closely, being flighty and wary.

It is an easy butterfly to identify. The size and richness of colour are the first sign - this is a large, strong Erebia. Then the chequered fringe and the clear white flash on the underside are give-aways. The only thing with which it could be confused is the large ringlet, Erebia euryale. This latter species usually has blind eyespots (though there are forms in which the eyespots have pupils) and a less distinct white flash; it is also, surprisingly, a little smaller.