Erebia oeme

Bright Eyed Ringlet

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by Matt Rowlings

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

Field notes and information

Characterised by small orange markings containing black spots with bright white pupils. Often common.

Identification & Similar species: Very similar to the woodland ringlet E. medusa . They share the same ranges except the Pyrenees. The current species flies later in the season but there is overlap in June. The key feature is the colour of the underside of the antennal tip - black in the current species, brown in E. medusa.

Distribution & Flight: Pyrenees, Massif Central, Alps (not south France) and Balkan mountains. One of the earlier Erebias on the wing, it flies from mid June and is usually over by early August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Woodland clearings and roadside verges at lower levels, often damp meadows higher up. Generally flies from 1500 to 2500m but also found around 1000m. Frequently rests deep in long grass which makes photography tricky.

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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Udine, Italy, July 2014

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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Rila Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2015