Small Mountain Ringlet

Erebia epiphron


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Val d'Aran, July 2007

Erebia epiphron

Switzerland, July 2011

Erebia epiphron

Val d'Aran, July 2011

Erebia epiphron

Switzerland, July 2014

Erebia epiphron

Switzerland, July 2011

Switzerland, July 2007

July 2001, Val d'Aran

This is a common species of high mountains in Europe. Sadly, I generally see it when I have made a special journey to see something else and I have few good photos. This is something to be rectified in 2015! 

It  is such a variable butterfly it is difficult to pinpoint any single feature for identifying it. As the pictures show, the spotting varies from almost absent to complete. Fortunately, most species with which it can be confused do have more particular points of distinction so their absence is often the key. If it's not something else, it's probably a small mountain ringlet!