Ottoman Brassy ringlet (Erebia ottomana)

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A species predominantly from, as its name suggests, Asia minor but with a very limited and highly localised presence in France in the Cevennes at the southern end of the huge region described as the Massif Central, but only in two locations. The French subspecies is tardenota.

 

It is relatively small species, in common with the other species of brassy ringlet, and flies (according to Lafranchis) at 1100-1500m, although on the one occasion I have seen it, it was slightly above this range.

Lafranchis says that the defining feature, compared to other Erebia species in the same localities, is the two brown bands on the unh. I'm not sure I entirely concur, based albeit on very limited experience, in that the male underside is clearly grey rather than brown (the male underside in T&L is also clearly grey), and the two females I saw were rather different, one having a distinctive discal line and band, the other having very little contrast.

It proved very difficult to get any sort of decent photo of this species, as these rather poor photographs attest. Erebia species have a tendency to settle low in grass, but on the day of my visit, it was hot and windy, making all the Erebia at the location very active and when they did settle, it was on on grass stems that waved around in the breeze.

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sex

observations

alt. m

38410

M

a male, even more hyperactive than the females.

1540

38456

F

a female with a fairly well defined discal line and contrast across it.

1540

38466

F

a female, with no discernible discal line. Compare to 38456 and to the illustration in T&L.

1540

 

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