Arran Brown (Erebia ligea)
Species

Taken nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria, on July 25th 2015.
(1/200th sec at f11. Approx 3x lifesize)

Taken nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria, on July 25th 2015.
(1/250th sec at f10. Approx 3x lifesize)

© David Hastings

Description

Wing span: 32 - 46mm
 
This butterfly has chocolate-brown uppersides with red or orange postdiscal bands. The wing fringes are strongly chequered. The sexes are similar.
 
Widely distributed in N Europe. In C Europe most common in mountains above 500m from France and C Italy through the north Balkans and E Europe. It is not found in the British Isles (although it is named after the Isle of Arran).
 
Typical habitats are sheltered forest edges and clearings, heaths and rough grassland near woods, and birch forest in northern Europe. Occurs up to 2500m in the mountains.
 
There is one generation per year between early July and late August. In its northern range larvae can take two years to develop.
 
Larvae feed on a wide range of grasses, seldom on sedges.
 

 

Sightings

26-Jul-2015:Baderitza, Bulgaria
25-Jul-2015:Nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria
24-Jul-2015:nr Kirilova polyana, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015:Papaz Tchair, Bulgaria