Woodland Ringlet (Erebia medusa)
Species

Male. Taken at Trigrad, Bulgaria on June 23rd 2014.
(1/250th sec at f4. Approx 2.5x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Female. Taken near Borino, Bulgaria, on June 23rd 2014.
(1/200th sec at f13. Approx 2.5x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Underside. Taken near Borino, Bulgaria, on June 23rd 2014.
(1/400th sec at f13. Approx 2.5x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Description

Wing span: 44 - 52mm

A large ringlet, with dark brown upper surfaces and an orange post-discal band. The number of eye spots is variable. The sexes are similar.

It is widespread and locally common in SE Europe, but more patchily distributed in the west and north.

Habitats are diverse grassy and humid woodlands, damp grasslands and moors up to 2300m.

There is one brood between early May and late July, depending on altitude. At high altitudes larvae can take two years to develop.

Larvae feed on various grasses (Milium, Festuca, Bromus).

Sightings

25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Bjelopolje, Croatia
23-Jun-2014 : Borino, Bulgaria
23-Jun-2014 : Trigrad, Bulgaria
22-Jun-2014 : Smolyan Lakes, Bulgaria