Lasiommata petropolitana

Northern Wall Brown

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzeland, June 2013

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Valais, Switzeland, June 2013

Field notes and information

Separated from other species by its fairly small size and dark colouration. It is widespread but of patchy distribution.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the wall brown L. megera which has much more extensive upperside markings.

The large wall brown L. maera is larger and of darker brown. The diagnostic feature is the hindwing which has a distinct discal band in the current species.

Distribution & Flight: Generally confined to the main mountain ranges of central Europe (Balkans, Pyrenees, Alps, Carpathians) and most of Scandinavia. Single brooded, flying from April to August depending on location.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy meadows with stones, often amongst woodland and forest.

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Piedmont, Italy, June 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2007

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Piedmont, Italy, July 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2009

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Piedmont, Italy, June 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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NW Italy, June 2003

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2003