Erebia manto - Yellow Spotted Ringlet

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Erebia-manto-yellow-spotted-ringlet- | PTKbutterflies
Erebia-manto-yellow-spotted-ringlet- | PTKbutterflies

Although it is suggested to be a very common Alpine butterfly, I have seen it only twice, and not the yellowish spotted underside form, but the decidedly reddish one. Even in  one place, the variation was wide, and I thought at least one of these was eriphyle but accept manto as the true identity. A restless and tricky butterfly on the day I saw it in the Haute Savoie.

The second encounter was in the Pyrenees in 2016, see below, the form constans, very dark and bereft of most markings

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Below is the form constans found in the Midi Pyrenees. Some were virtually bereft of all markings, though some had decidedly whitish bloom of scales on the underside hindwing

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