Great sooty satyr - Satyrus ferula

Family: Satyridae.

Flight Time: June-August.

Size: 50-60mm

Altitude: 400-1800m (3000m in N Africa)


Above is a photo taken by Mark Ogden in Greece. Pictured right  is the female which is more brown than the male of the species.

To the left are male and female, you can see which gives this butterfly its name.

I saw lots of these in the High Atlas as well as on the slopes of Mount Canigou in the Pyrenées.

Female underside

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Festuca ovina

Grassy, rocky areas.

Great sooty satyr distribution


Early Stages






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