Erebia pronoe

Water Ringlet


by Matt Rowlings

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Triglav, Slovenia, July 2014

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Traglav, Slovenia, July 2014

Field notes and information

A large species, that may be widespread but is usually found in low numbers.

Identification & Similar species: It has a distinctive underside which sub marginal lobes of the ground colour giving the pale post discal band a wavy form. The underside forewing is a dull red with a clear demarcation with the orange post discal band. There are vestigial black spots on the underside hindwing of the female.

Distribution & Flight: Higher mountain ranges: Pyrenees, Alps, Tatras, Carpathians and Balkans (not Greece). Late June to September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Alpine meadows in clearings or wide open slopes well above the treeline. Usually associated with streams or damp places.

Variation: In Switzerland the form vergy has greatly reduced red markings.

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Valais, Switzerland, Aug 2007

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Jura, France, August 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2013

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Traglav, Slovenia, July 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2013

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Triglav, Slovenia, July 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, Aug 2008

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Valais, Switzerland, Aug 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2018

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Valais, Switzerland, Aug 2010

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Valais, Switzerland August 2016

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2006