Coenonympha gardetta

Alpine Heath

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2009

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2008

Field notes and information

A widespread and often common species of high altitudes in the Alps.

Identification & Similar species: Can only be confused with forms transitional to the Darwin's heath, C. darwiniana, which flies in southern Switzerland and neighbouring Italy and the southern Alps of France. Refer to that species for more information.

Distribution & Flight: Alps, Massif Central in France and a few high mountains in and around southwest Serbia.

Habitat & Behaviour: High grassy alpine meadows often with rocks, often at considerable altitudes. Sometimes clearings below the tree line.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland July 2014

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 2013

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Valais, Switzeland, June 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2006

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2005

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2005

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2003

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2003

Variant. The spots on the underside hindwing are missing.

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E Switzerland, July 2003