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Erebia aethiops. (32)
horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Scotch Argus
Erebia aethiops

Distribution: Hills of central and eastern France to Belgium and eastwards to Russia and the northern Balkans. Outlying populations in Scotland and two sites in northern England.

Identification: The usual Erebia identification problems arise with this species. However, helpful features are
- underside hw broad post discal band is pale white or yellowy brown and ground colour is rich chocolate brown
- underside basal area usually distinct (especially in the female) and same colour as post discal band
- wing fringes are dull grey, in the female they are weakly chequered.
- orange markings are bright and the eye spots intense. Overall, rich colouration.
- scent brand in male distinct.

Flight time: Late summer: end of July until September.

Habitat: Grassy places and meadows usually associated with woodland or scrub. Can be found at very low levels for this genus - I've found it at sea level in NW England and 500m in Switzerland. I generally find it around 1000 to 1500m. Larvae feed on various grasses.

Behaviour: Flies over the grasses and frequently visits flowers for nectar.

Additional notes: It emerges later in the year than most butterflies so it appears fresh when most others are worn.

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horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
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Edited by:accassidy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)

Reduced saturation levels in green and yellow channels. Neat image to reduce backgroung noise. I think the reduction in the vivid background makes the picture easier to llok at.