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.|
a male, with a single ocellus and a dark appearance, although brassy at the margins.
a male underside, highly variegated making for good camouflage. The photograph looks out of focus, but isn't.