Erebia eriphyle

Eriphyle Ringlet

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by Matt Rowlings

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

A correspondant has suggested this may be E. manto.

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

A correspondant has suggested this may be E. manto.

Field notes and information

A very local species, in my experience rather rare and hard to find particularly amongst other common and widespread similar species.

Identification & Similar species: Charaterised by tiny black pupils on the forewing, orange discal area on the underside forewing and the spot in space 4 of the hindwing being relatively larger than neighbouring spots.

It is very similar to the lesser mountain ringlet E. melapus with which it often flies and almost certainly flies nearby. That species has tiny black spots in the hindwing orange band and is slightly smaller. It is possible that this isn't on its own sufficient for definitive separation and a correspondent has suggested (in 2016) other features that may be more reliable.

Another very similar species is the yellow spotted ringlet E. manto. It is slightly larger, and the forewing orange spots are wider near the apex tapering away gently. The hindwing space 4 spot is not larger than others.

Distribution & Flight: Confined to the Alps of Switzerland, Austria and north Italy. July/ early August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Damp cool meadows.

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

A correspondant has suggested this may be E. manto.

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2007

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Bern, Switzerland, August 2005

Habitat. These are damp alpine meadows relatively poor in flowers.

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2012