Minois dryas

Dryad

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by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2015

Field notes and information

The blue spots are distinctive on this large dark butterfly.

Identification & Similar species: Distinctive with large forewing eyespots centred with pale blue, not the more typical white of the Satyridae. Females are usually considerably larger than the males.

Distribution & Flight: Coastal in northwest Spain. Most of France and eastwards including north Italy, south Germany, Slovakia, Balkans and north Greece. July to early September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot, grasslands with plenty of flowers, often close to scrub or woodland. Flies just above the long grasses of high summer where its large dark form is visible from a distance. Frequently feeds on taller flowers such as Scabious and Hemp Agrimony.

Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2010

Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2015

Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2010

Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2015

Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

Photo: dryas

Vaud, Switzerland, August 2010

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2010

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2010

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2010

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2010