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Large Wall Brown

(Lasiommata maera)

 

Male 14/08/05 Rhône (69)

Male 19/08/07 Rhône (69)

Female 12/08/09 Rhône (69)

Female 12/08/09 Rhône (69)

Female 24/05/07 Rhône (69)

Female 29/05/09 Rhône (69)

Female 29/05/09 Rhône (69)

05/09/10 Var (83)

Male 01/08/12 Rhône (69)

Male 16/05/12 Rhône (69)

Male 16/05/12 Rhône (69)

12/06/13 Rhône (69)

Female 17/05/15 Rhône (69)

Female, underside of insect above, 17/05/15 Rhône (69)

Egg laid by the same female, 17/05/15 Rhône (69)

In the Rhône département this species is very local, flying most commonly above 500m. The butterfly nectars avidly on scabious and knapweed and is usually seen around rocks on which it is superbly camouflaged with wings closed. It is similar to L.megera but usually noticeably larger and the male uppersides are much browner. The female has more orange on the upper forewings and can have an extensive orange flush. The underside of the hindwing is very similar to that of L.megera although three of the post-discal eyespots (1st, 4th & 5th counting from the costa) are larger and diagnostic. Also the ground colour is a lighter grey. Two pupils in the eyespot of the forewing are quite common although they may not be visible on both surfaces. The Large Wall can be very common in the mountain ranges of the Alps and  Pyrenees.

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