Erebia polaris

Arctic Woodland Ringlet

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by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: polaris

N Norway, June 2010

Photo: polaris

N Norway, June 2010

Field notes and information

A butterfly of the very high Arctic. Closely resembles the woodland ringlet E. medusa of central Europe. Extreme geographical isolation has lead to certain differentiation in markings which probably merit subspecies or species status.

Identification & Similar species: Unique in Scandinavia.

Distribution & Flight: Only from the high Arctic in Norway and Finland. Flies in late June and July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy places, river banks, coastal meadows.

Photo: polaris

N Norway, June 2010

Photo: polaris

N Norway, June 2010

Photo: polaris

N Norway, June 2010

Roadside habitat in the N Norway wilderness.

Photo: polaris

N Norway, June 2010