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De Prunner's Ringlet

(Erebia triaria)

 

21/07/04 Spanish Pyrenees

21/07/04 Spanish Pyrenees

21/07/04 Spanish Pyrenees

De Prunner's Ringlet is recognisable from its group of three ocelli on the forewing which are in perfect (or near perfect) alinement sitting one on top of the other. However, it's not always that easy as the variation in the markings can result in the uppermost spot in space 6 being of rather minute dimensions. The underside of the hindwing is basically quite uniformly dark brown with the eyespots showing in the postdiscal band, but there is a rough, lightly mottled feel to this surface which helps to separate it from the similar E.meolans which is smooth. I find the top butterfly pictured above a little unusual.......the red band on the upper forewing has stopped rather short and the ocellus in space 2 is absent. Also the three 'in line' eyespots are positioned more to the inside of the red band than is customary. These individuals from the Pyrenees were looking past their best which is understandable as the species is generally considered as precocious for an Erebia, emerging in May, so even at high altitude mid-July is getting late.

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