Sub-alpine meadow Habitat

I am drawing a distinction between the incredibly lush and rich grassland found up to the tree-line and that found higher up, which tends to be a bit sparser. Flowers abound, an amazing carpet of colour, topped off with fritillaries, blues and coppers everywhere you look, truly paradise for the entomologist.

Sub-alpine meadow as shown by Lisa.

Numerous species of fritillaries, perhaps a dozen, can be seen, together with a similar variety of blues and coppers. The Scarce copper Lycaena virgaureae is immediately recognisable species with its orange wings. Grizzled skippers are also flying together with Erebia species of ringlets. Apollo Parnassius apollo also frequent this habitat. All in all this is a place one can spend many happy hours, and run up a large developing bill!




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