Lefebvre's Ringlet
Erebia lefebvrei

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Val d'Aran, July 2005

Val d'Aran, July 2008

Val d'Aran, July 2005

Val d'Aran, July 2008

Val d'Aran, July 2004

I first found this lovely ringlet in July 2003 but saw only one specimen and could not film it. In July 2004 another specimen led to the colony, which was apparently restricted to a patch of inaccessible shaley scree, making photography difficult. In 2005 I visited the same site again and again they were flying just over the scree. In later years I continued to find an active colony at the same place.

Lefebvre's ringlet is easily identified by the hindwing, unique among ringlets, and the way the forewing black spots are arranged right on the edge of the orange band, often bursting out of it, especially in the male. It is a rare butterfly and I am pleased to have found this single colony!