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