Almond-eyed Ringlet (Erebia alberganus)
Species

Taken in the Vercors NP, France on July 19th 2018.
(1/200th sec at f13. Approx 2.5x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Description

Wing span: 40mm

The Alond-eyed Ringlet has dark brown wings, with a series of distinctive postdiscal oval or almond-shaped orange markings containing small black spots with white highlights. The females are usually slightly larger and lighter brown than the males.

It can be found in the alpine regions of France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria, in the mountains of central Italy and in some mountains of the northern Balkans.

Typical habitats are flowery meadows, clearings, grassy places, amongst scrub or woodland, at an elevation between 1000 snd 2300m.

There is one generation per year, with the being on the wing between mid-June and late August, depending on altitude. The larva is the over-wintering stage.

The larvae feed on various grasses, including Sheep's Fescue (Festuca ovina) and Sweet vernal-grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum).

Sightings

24-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France