Coenonympha vaucheri

Vaucher's Heath

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by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: vaucheri

High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005, 3000m

Photo: vaucheri

High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005, 3000m

Field notes and information

A stunningly beautiful and highly distinctive species. It is found locally in the mountains of Morocco where it is endemic.

Identification & Similar species: A distinctive species, the white patch in the underside hindwing cell is unique.

Distribution & Flight: They appear to have a long flight time. On the Tizi-n-Test we found them in 1996 at the end of May and in 2005 at the same place they were still fresh (mostly) in early July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry sparsely vegetated slopes with grasses, with scrub at lower levels. Can fly at considerable altitude, we found them at 3000m in July 2005 in the High Atlas.

Photo: vaucheri

High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005, 3000m

Photo: vaucheri

High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005, 3000m

Photo: vaucheri

High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005, 3000m