Erebia gorgone

Gavarnie Ringlet

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by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2016

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Photo: gorgone

Central Pyrenees, France, August 2003

Cryptic underside of a fresh female.

Photo: gorgone

Central Pyrenees, France, August 2003

Seconds later the female opened her wings.

Field notes and information

A local species, found in a restricted range in central the Pyrenees. It can be common where found.

Identification & Similar species: The mottled underside hindwing and dull upperside orange of the male are key features.

Distribution & Flight: Limited to the high mountains of the Pyrenees. Flies in mid July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy slopes with rocks and often with a few trees nearby.

Photo: gorgone

Central Pyrenees, France, August 2003

Female rather worn

Photo: gorgone

Central Pyrenees, France, August 2003

My only photograph of a male.