Erebia ligea

Arran Brown

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by Matt Rowlings

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

Field notes and information

One of the largest Erebia it has chequered fringes and a pure white streak on the underside hindwing.

The English name comes from the Isle of Arran in Scotland from where it has been doubtfully reported.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the large ringlet E. euryale with which it often flies. It shares the chequered fringes but the white markings in that species are generally diffuse and merge into the post discal band.

Distribution & Flight: From southeast France eastwards and southwards to northern Greece. Also Scandinavia (except Denmark). July/ August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Moderate altitudes. Grassy places amongst trees and forests.

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N Sweden, July 2010

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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NE Slovakia, July 2001

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Valais, Switzerland July 2014

White pupils are missing from the eyespots and the hindwing orange is reduced.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2003

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N Sweden, July 2010

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2003

Heavy trucks were driving over these resting butterflies without disturbing them.