Blind Ringlet (Erebia pharte)

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41878_male_Savoie_23Jul16 22041_male_Hautes-Alpes_13Jul10 22046_male_Hautes-Alpes_13Jul10
35933_male_Hautes-Alpes_13Jul14 36413_male_Valais, Switzerland_19Jul14 36433_male_Valais, Switzerland_20Jul14
30524_male_Hautes-Alpes_5Jul12

21997_female_Hautes-Alpes_12Jul10

30535_female_Hautes-Alpes_5Jul12

A relatively small and not particularly common Erebia, although at one site in the Hautes-Alpes they are fairly abundant locally every year. It is generally found at high altitudes, Lafranchis giving the usual lower limit as 1400m, although whenever I have seen it, it has been in the region of 2000m and above. It is distinguishable from many of its close relatives by the red post-discal band, usually complete on all four wing surfaces, all red spots without ocelli, even minute pinpricks.

The subspecies phartina (no, I'm not making it up, this really is the scientific name) is darker and with the upf and uph red post-discal bands reduced to discrete red marks, and occurs above 1800m across the full distribution range.

ref

sex

observations

alt. m

41878 M a fairly typical male, although the upf post-discal band in only vestigial in s2 and s3. 2550

22041

M

a male, with a red upf post-discal band that is largely continuous, compared to 21993's series of discrete red spots.

1990

22046

M

a male, the red upf post-discal band being almost vestigial. I believe that this is the subspecies phartina, even though it was flying in company with the nominate form.

1990

35933

M

a fresh dark male with a very limited post-discal band, of the subspecies phartina.

1990

36413

M

a male with virtually no post-discal markings whatsoever. An extreme example of the subspecies phartina.

2090

36433

M

a male with a separated post-discal band of rather bullet-shaped segments, not a cohesive band at all.

2090

30524

M

a fresh male, posing obligingly in the early sun.

1990

21997

F

a female, clearly from what is visible of the body shape.

1990

30535

F

an underside shot showing the extent of the bleeding of the unf red post-discal band into the discal region.

1990

 

41878_male_Savoie_23Jul16

 

22041_male_Hautes-Alpes_13Jul10

 

22046_male_Hautes-Alpes_13Jul10

 

35933_male_Hautes-Alpes_13Jul14

 

36413_male_Valais, Switzerland_19Jul14

 

36433_male_Valais, Switzerland_20Jul14

 

30524_male_Hautes-Alpes_5Jul12

 

21997_female_Hautes-Alpes_12Jul10

 

30535_female_Hautes-Alpes_5Jul12