Erebia scipio

Larche Ringlet

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by Matt Rowlings

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009

Field notes and information

Very local in southeast France and neighbouring Italy.

Identification & Similar species: A large species. The male underside hindwing is rather uniform, not mottled and has a slightly paler post discal band. The female underside is a unique and distinctive pale grey which camouflages extremely well when settled on limestone stones and rocks.

Distribution & Flight: A very local species that is only found in a small region in the Alps of southeast France, just extending into northwest Italy.

Habitat & Behaviour: Loose screes with sparse grasses, usually on very steep slopes. Both sexes glide effortlessly up and down steep slopes, frequently stopping for nectar on purple Compositae.

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009

Only the female has this distinctive grey underside.

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

Female.

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

Typical scree dominated habitat.

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

Female.

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

Ant attack.

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

Female.