Erebia ottomana Herrich-Schäffer, 1847


Erebia ottomana: Male (e.l. Mont Lozčre, larva in early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Male (e.l. Mont Lozčre, larva in early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Male (Mont Lozčre, France, 1600m above sea level, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Male (Mont Lozčre, France, 1600m above sea level, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Mont Lozčre, France, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Male (Bulgaria, Rila, early August 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Male (Bulgaria, Pirin, Orelek, late July 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Male (Bulgaria, Pirin, Vihren, 1900m asl, late July 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Male (Bulgaria, Pirin, Vihren, late July 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Bulgaria, Rila, 2000m asl, early August 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Female (Bulgaria, Rila, 2000m asl, early August 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Egg (Mont Lozčre, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Ovum (Mont Lozčre, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Egg (Bulgaria (Rila, early August 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: L1 (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: L1 (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: L2 (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: L2 (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Young larva (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Young larva (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Half-grown larva (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Half-grown larva (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Half-grown larva (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Half-grown larva (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Half-grown larva (e.o. Mont Lozčre 2012) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva just in last instar (France, Massif Central, Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [M] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Mont Lozčre, early June 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Bulgaria, Pirin, egg in early August 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Bulgaria, Pirin, egg in early August 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Bulgaria, Pirin, egg in early August 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Bulgaria, Pirin, egg in early August 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Bulgaria, Pirin, egg in early August 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Bulgaria, Pirin, egg in early August 2013). In breeding very few larvae become green prior to pupation. [S] Erebia ottomana: Larva (e.l. Bulgaria, Pirin, egg in early August 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Pupa (e.o. Bulgaria, Pirin, 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Pupa (e.o. Bulgaria, Pirin, 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Pupa (e.o. Bulgaria, Pirin, 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Pupa (e.l. Mont Lozčre 2013) [S] Erebia ottomana: Larval habitat on Mont Lozčre in 1600m asl. I observed a larva in the tussock (early June 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Larval habitat on Mont Lozčre in about 1600m asl on 02/06/2013. I observed 3 larvae in the end of the penultimate instar and in the beginning of the last one. Besides larvae of Erebia meolans have been recorded. [N] Erebia ottomana: Larval habitat on Mont Lozčre (France, Massif Central) in about 1600m above sea level. The females oviposited in the embankment in front of the woodland margin (July 2012). [N] Erebia ottomana: Habitat on Mont Lozčre (France, Massif Central), July 2012: woodland margin. [N] Erebia ottomana: Habitat on Mont Lozére in July 2012: Adults could be also seen in more open areas, but not so common as along the woodland. [N] Erebia ottomana: Imaginal habitat with thistles at a moist place which was near by the larval habitat (Mont Lozčre, July 2012) [N] Erebia ottomana: Habitat in the Bulgarian Pirin mountains in the Vihren area (late July 2013) [N] Erebia ottomana: Habitat in the Bulgarian Rila mountains in early August 2013. [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives on grasses (Festuca, Nardus etc.).

Habitat:
Erebia ottomana inhabits grassy but partly also gappy embankments, alpine meadows and rocky slopes from 1200 to 2400m above sea level (mostly 1400 to 2000m). It often appears in forest edge situations and is found mainly as a nectar guest in damp habitats and tall herb communities.

Life cycle:
The moths fly from late June to August with an peak in July. The caterpillar lives hibernating from August to early June.

Remarks:
Erebia ottomana is distributed disjoint. It occurs on the one hand in the French Massif Central on some mountains (own observations on Mont Lozčre). It is also found in Northern Italy at the Monte Baldo. But it is more common in the southern Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece).



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