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Scotch Argus

Erebia aethiops

Description:

A richly coloured brown and orange member of the ringlets group in the Satyrinae, with characteristic black and white eyespots on the upper and lower wings. Can be distinguished from similar ringlets by the brightness of its orange markings and intensity of the eye spots.

Habitat:

Spotted here 1500 m above sea level in an alpine meadow with woodland. Found in hills of central and eastern France to Belgium and eastwards to Russia and the northern Balkans. Outlying populations in Scotland and northern England.

Notes:

The flowers is the Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis

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30 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you very much Psilo! I like your efforts and your collection!

Psilo
Psilo 9 years ago

Amazing detail! Great photography appreciated :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Another thank you Rajas!

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

nice colors..

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

Glad to live in lowlands, there were never 50 cm of snow here. But the temperature difference is the same. The snow here is gone and the first trees come to life again.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks you Satyen!
Hans.New, indeed, 25 deg.C warmer than 2 weeks ago here! There are till 50 cm of snow left though..

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

Spring comes in @ Daniele. We have allready 10 degrees and the snow melts away finally. I hope, the trees and flowers will get green soon.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Amazing!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

I agree with you about summer HansNew! With more snow coming in again today I am now ready for spring...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

And now I have some reading to do:-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you so much bayucca! The Trombidium breei on the marbled white in your first link look very similar, and are attached at the same position...

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

And a special link for Daniele... :-)!
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.10...

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

Got it now, thanks. All in all it´s a great job

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

There is an interesting link...
http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Ene...

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

If it is really a velvet mite which is actually an arachnid than early instars are often found on butterflies and other insects. But I think it is "only" a parastic mite which are commonly found on butterflies, specially on Satyrinae (don't ask me why). They are quite hramless for the butterfly since they suck on the liquids until they are fully grown and then leave the butterfly.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

HansNew, it's at the junction on the thorax and the abdomen, on the right side. It's red.

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

Hy, i don´t think, I can see it, is it the orange spot in the middle of the body?
(not to say it isn´t there, just to help me see it, too)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

You're right Bayucca! Now we have 4 species in one spotting! A larva of the mite? Do you know whether these often attach themselves to butterflies?

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

There is also a little mite on the Erebus. Spider mite, Trombidiidae?

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

Yeah, can´t wait till it arrives again, this summer.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you HansNew! It's the magic of meadows in the summer.

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Presque...! ;-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Merci Bayucca! Et c'est près de chez toi:-)

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

Three lifeforms in an awesame spot. And all of them at a top quality. Quite impressing.

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Saanen, Bern - Berne, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 29, 2011
Submitted on Feb 19, 2012

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