Common Alpine

Erebia epipsodea
Satyrs and Wood-nymphs

Appearance: Above, mostly dark reddish brown with orange submarginal patches containing black eyespots. The pattern is repeated below but orange patches not as obvious. Eyespots on underside of hindwing distinguish this butterfly from similar species.

Size: Medium; 1 1/2 to 2 inches

Habitat: Moist open grassy fields, meadows, high prairies, open forests in the montane and sub-alpine

Season: Mid-June to early August

Larval Foodplant: Grasses

Did You Know…
This is a very adaptable butterfly with wide ranging habitat preferences and for these reasons our most frequently encountered alpine in the west (Brock, 2003). Males patrol all day to watch for females. Eggs are laid on living and dead grasses. Third- and fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate.

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