Water ringlet - Erebia pronoe


Family: Satyridae

Flight Time: June - September

Size: 42-50mm

Altitude: 900-2800m

Upperside. Pictured left and above left is the typical form of the Water ringlet, with its deep red band, and silvery hindwing band. The pictures were taken in Ariège where many of these butterflies were settling on bare earth and the tarmac of the road.
Upperside. This is a male Water ringlet of the form vergy, it is not a good photo, but is the only one I saw while in Valais. Not surprisingly perhaps it was flying near a stream with a waterfall cascading behind.


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Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Festuca Woodland clearings, often near streams.

Water ringlet distribution.


Early Stages




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