Very mimetic butterfly when the wings are not open. It is a species similar to Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and to Small Heath (which is smaller). There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up. A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides.
Spotted at an evergreen oak forest. Dehesa de Valdelatas
Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.; f/5.6; ISO Speed Rating: 1250. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_2231
Lat: 40.54, Long: -3.69
Spotted on Jun 28, 2018
Submitted on Oct 22, 2018