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Erebia neoridas

Autumn Ringlet

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009

 

Alpes de Haute Provence, France, August 2005

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2004

 

Provence, France, August 2003

 

Provence, France, August 2003

 

Provence, France, August 2001

 

Provence, France, September 2002

 

Provence, France, August 2003

Although the Autumn Crocus is huge compared to the butterfly, they
would buy their heads into the flower to reach the nectar.

 

Provence, France, August 2003

 


This has a rather unusual distribution being confined to only small regions of the Pyrenees, Alps and a few other mountains of France and Italy. Within these regions (at least in France) it is very common and easily found just about anywhere with grassy patches. I found two examples in the Spanish SE Pyrenees in early August but this is fairly early in the season so it may not be fair to suggest that it is any less common here.

It has quite a bright upperside coloration. The forewing orange or red band is distinctly tapering towards the anal angle. The underside hindwing has a brightish white post discal band. Only Zapater's Ringlet, Erebia zapateri, is similar but that is only found in central Spain where neoridas doesn't occur. That species also has very bright yellow upperside markings, not in the least bit orange or red as found in neoridas.

 

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