De Prunner's Ringlet Erebia triaria (Fr. le Moiré printanier) is a rather rare (localised, but abundant where it occurs) Alpine species that we saw in the Haute Pyrénées while on holiday in July 2021. Like all the Alpine Ringlet species it is very difficult to identify to species level as they all look the same. I had to get expert help with this one, especially as it was flying a bit late in the season.
They occur in dry poor grasslands between 800 and 2500 metres above sea level. This one was at about 2000 metres.
The plant in the photo is Basil Mint Acinos alpinus (Fr. Calament des Alpes).
On the wings, with a magnifying glass, you can see the ocelles faintly.
Is the blue flower a gentian?
Sorry, Susan, I didn’t read the post far enough!
chm: we only saw a single gentian plant in the Pyrenees, quite near where I photographed this ringlet butterfly. Completely different to Switzerland a few years ago, where we saw over a dozen species of gentian.
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