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Erebia cassioides

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Nymphalidae
Scientific name  Erebia cassioides
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Erebia
Rank  Species
Erebia cassioides Erebia cassioides
Similar  Water ringlet, Erebia euryale, Silky ringlet, Piedmont ringlet, Small mountain ringlet

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Erebia cassioides (common brassy ringlet) is a member of the Satyrinae subfamily of Nymphalidae.



Subspecies include:

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  • Erebia cassioides cassioides — Common brassy ringlet
  • Erebia cassioides arvernensis Oberthür 1908 - Western brassy ringlet
  • Erebia cassioides carmenta Fruhstorfer, 1907 - Western brassy ringlet
  • Erebia cassioides macedonica Buresch, 1918 (Bulgaria)
  • Erebia cassioides illyrica Lorkovic, 1953
  • Erebia cassioides tonalensis Arnscheid & Roos, 1976

  • Erebia cassioides Erebia cassioides on euroButterflies by Matt Rowlings

    On the basis of studies of enzymatic electrophoresis and of mitochondrial DNA the subspecies Erebia cassioides arvernensis should be considered a distinct species named Erebia dromus (Fabricius, 1793), which is distributed in the Western Pyrenees, in the Western Alps and in Apennines.

    Distribution and habitat

    Erebia cassioides Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums Erebia Cassioides

    This European endemic species is present in Spain (Cantabrian mountains, Pyrenees), France (Pyrenees, Massif Central and the western and eastern Alps), Italy, Switzerland, Romania (Carpathians), Bulgaria (Rila and Pirin Mountains.), Greece, Macedonia and in the Balkans (Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia). It prefers grassy slopes with stones and rocks at altitudes between 1,600 and 2,600 meters.


    The wingspan is 32–38 mm. These small butterflies have a brown forewings with a metallic greenish shine, the so-called "brassy ringlet". On the forewings there is an orange postdiscal band and two small ocelli pupillated with white towards the apex. A series of small ocelli appears on the hindwings. The underside of the forewings is orange with a brownish border and two small ocelli at the apex, while the hind wings are shiny silvery-gray and ocher.


    Erebia cassioides Erebia cassioides

    The females lay their eggs close to the ground, usually on dry stalks of grass. The larvae feed on various grasses (Festuca ovina, Poa species, Nardus stricta), including Gramineae species. The caterpillar hibernates in the first or second larval instar and pupates the following year between June and August. Adults fly from July to September with a peak in August.


    Erebia cassioides Wikipedia

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