Erebia sudetica

Sudeten Ringlet

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by Matt Rowlings

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Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

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Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

Field notes and information

The Sudeten Mts are found in the Czech Republic where the butterfly flies.

Identification & Similar species: Very similar to the lesser mountain ringlet E. melampus. Only really a problem in the Alps around Grindelwald in Switzerland and Isère in France where the two species fly close together. The distinguishing feature is the 4 regulary spaced, evenly sized hindwing orange spots (with possibly small spots in spaces 1 and 6) in the current species, which in melampus are relatively variable in size, notably the spot in space 4 which is often larger.

Distribution & Flight: It is seemingly more widespread in the Carpathians than in its western range where it is confined to a small area in central Switzerland and two small areas in France in Isère and the Massif Central. July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Rich grassy meadows around the tree line.

Photo: sudetica

Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

Photo: sudetica

Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

Photo: sudetica

Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

Photo: sudetica

Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

Photo: sudetica

Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

Photo: sudetica

Isère, France, August 2004