Erebia flavofasciata

Yellow Banded Ringlet

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by Matt Rowlings

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Eastern Switzerland, July 2003

A male of eastern ssp. thiemei showing reduced width of the orange band.

Field notes and information

An extremely local species found only in southeast Switzerland and a small part of north Italy and west Austria.

Identification & Similar species: Very distinctive yellow band on the underside hindwing. This is visible in flight to the keen eye from quite a distance - which can save a tough walk up very steep slopes.

Distribution & Flight: July. Flight time appears to be variable.

Habitat & Behaviour: It flies quite high (>2000m) and prefers warmer south facing grassy slopes.

Variation: The form from the northern part of its range, thiemei, has a slightly narrower yellow band.

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Eastern Switzerland, July 2003

The eastern subspecies thiemei.

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013