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Female, Switzerland, August 2012

Female, Switzerland, July 2008

Minois dryas

Female, Switzerland, August 2013

Minois dryas

Male, Switzerland, July 2013

Male, Switzerland, July 2008

Male, Switzerland, July 2008

This is one of the more beautiful satyrids. The female is a huge, brown butterfly, with very striking blue-pupilled spots on both upperside and underside. The male is similar but generally smaller and more toned down. It flies late in the year - usually from the end of July - in meadows, usually adjoining woods. Generally regarded as rather scarce, this is a relatively common (locally) butterfly in my part of Switzerland.