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Erebia euryale. (42)
Erebia euryale (Esper, 1805)
Wing span 38 - 42 mm.
Easy to mistake for the previously shown Erebia ligea, Erebia euryale inhabits mountain forests of the Pyrenees, the Auvergne, the Alps and southeastern European mountains, Ural, and Altai, but not Fennoscandia. In Alpine valleys, it can often be seen at the same locations as Erebia ligea. To tell those two species from one another it needs a close look at both the upper and the undersides of wings.
You further need some good, well illustrated literature, and a good friend and specialist like Peter Roos (batu) is always helpful, too. Peter, thanks again for the identification.
Males of E. euryale do not show scenting scales on the upper sides of upper wings, E. ligea do. The underside of hindwings of E. euryale does not show the white markings as clearly as E. ligea.
Butterflies are on their wings in one extended generation in July and August. They prefer grassy spots with flowers within forests and meadows above the range of forests. Caterpillars feed on various species of grass (Fesstuca ovina, Poa nemoralis, etc.)
Untenlehn, at the side of a forest road leading through shadowed forest with dense vegetation from Längenfeld to the remote village of Gries im Sulztal, at an elevation of 1450 meters.
L.G. Higgins, N.D. Riley, W. Forster (bearb.): Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Hamburg und Berlin 1978²
Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.
C. Jonko: European Butterflies.
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 17mm, F/4, 1/250 sec., ISO-125; no tripod, no flash; 10.07.2006, 12:46.
Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped at the sides, downsized for web presentation, brightess, contrasts and saturation slighty adjusted.
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Erebia euryale, the underside.
|Erebia euryale (Esper 1805) |
the underside of wings.
Butterfly at rest, captured in the forest near the village of Gries im Sulztal, Tyrol, at an elevation of 1600m.
Minolta DiMAGE 7i, 2560 x 1920 pixel, sRGB, 50mm, macro, F/6.7, 1/180 sec., ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 08.07.2003.
Photoshop Elements - slighty cropped, downsized to web, selectively sharpened; brightness, contrast and saturation slightly adjusted.
Thank you for looking.
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