Ottoman Brassy Ringlet (Erebia ottomana)
Male. Taken at Bezbog, Bulgaria, on July 25th 2015.
(1/250th sec at f11. Approx 3x lifesize)
Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/1250th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 30 - 44mm
This species has chocolate-brown upper surfaces with orange post-discal bands and two eye-spots touching each other. Its hindwings are grey-brown underneath. The sexes are similar.
It is sporadic but locally common in the mountain ranges of the Balkan peninsula.
It can be found in damp woodland clearings, bogs, montane grasslands and grassy subalpine slopes usually between 1400 and 2100m.
There is one brood per year in July / August.
Larvae feed on grasses (Festuca ovina).