Scotch Argus

Erebia aethiops


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Erebia aethiops

Male, July 2014

Erebia aethiops

Female, July 2014

Erebia aethiops

Female, Switzerland, July 2012

Erebia aethiops

Female, Switzerland, July 2012

Erebia aethiops

Male, Switzerland, July 2011

Erebia aethiops

Male, July 2011

Erebia aethiops

Males, Switzerland, August 2013

Female, Switzerland, July 2006

Male, Switzerland, July 2006

Male, Switzerland, July 2006

Male, Switzerland, July 2006

An egg

The same egg, in the broader picture...

This is one of the later Erebia species, flying in July and August in mountains throughout Europe, including Scotland. The upperside is characterised by a dark, velvety appearance, with a constriction in the red band. The fringes of the female are rather obviously chequered - less so, or not at all, in the male. The female underside is marked with bright bands. The male has richer, subtler colours, though in some individuals the postdiscal band can be quite bright.