Dewy Ringlet (Erebia pandrose)

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36127_male_Hautes-Alpes_14Jul14 40773_male_Alpes-Maritimes_24Jun16 30669_female_Hautes-Alpes_6Jul12
A species that I saw for the first time in 2012. Not that it is particularly scarce, more that its flight period seems to be over by the end of the first week in July (at least in the localities I had visited), even though Lafranchis states that the flight period is June-July. Most of the specimens seen on 6 July were showing varying signs of wear. It is quite a large Erebia with rather a slow flight that doesn't seem to go very far. It is a high altitude species, usually found within the range 2000m to 2400m. The sexes are rather similar on the upperside and the underside markings are similar, too, except that the unh ground colour of the female is rather browner than the male, often the case for Erebia.
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observations

alt. m
30690 M a male, rather worn, resting on a dried up cowpat. 2550
30670 F a female, rather browner than the male and with a less well-defined upf post-discal band. 2550
30726 M a male, quite a clean grey ground colour, settling into the grass as many Erebia do when the weather is slightly overcast. 2550
36127 M a male, the unh having perhaps a slightly brownish tinge. 2550
40773 M a male, with a nice clean silvery unh ground colour. 2360
30669 F a female, showing nicely the much browner ground colour of the unh. 2550

 

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