Silky ringlet (Erebia gorge)

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13247_male_Valais, Switzerland_19Jul08 13254_male_Valais, Switzerland_19Jul08

A very variable high-altitude Erebia species, with several distinctive but very different forms. I only saw gorge once in 2007, then a life-tick, but there were many more at the same site in 2008. However, according to T&L, the nominate form occurs in southern Switzerland, where both of the above were seen, and this has twin small upf ocelli, whereas 13312 has only one.

The subspecies erynis has no ocelli but occurs (according to T&L) in the French Alpes. However, this species is highly variable, so no real conclusions can be drawn from a limited example.
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13247 M

a male, with a single ocellus and a dark appearance, although brassy at the margins.

2200
13254 M

a male underside, highly variegated making for good camouflage. The photograph looks out of focus, but isn't.

2200

 

13247_male_Valais, Switzerland_19Jul08

 

13254_male_Valais, Switzerland_19Jul08