Large Ringlet (Erebia euryale)
Male. Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/160th sec at f11. Approx 3x lifesize)
Female. Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/200th sec at f11. Approx 3x lifesize)
Underside. Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/160th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 30 - 44mm
This species resembles the Arran Brown, but it doesn't have androconical patches on the forewings. It has strongly chequered wing fringes. The sexes are similar. There are several regional forms.
It is locally common in the mountain ranges of S and C Europe.
It can be found in light woodland, pinewood clearings, grasslands near woods, and grassy slopes above the tree line between 1000 and 2000m.
There is one generation between late June and late August.
Larvae feed on a wide variety of grasses, seldom on sedges.