Coenonympha gardetta (NL: Alpenhooibeestje / EN: Alpine Heath / DE: Alpen-Wiesenvögelchen, Alpen-Heufalter / FR: Satyrion ) is a butterfly species belonging to the Nymphalidae family. It is an altitude specialist occurring mostly at altitudes over 1500m, and occasionally it is very common above 2000m. It is relatively easy to identify because the bold black rings are all inside the white band. It has the characteristic silver submarginal band at the underside of the hind-wings, most apparent in fresh specimens. The length of the fore-wings is 15-16 mm. The larvae feed on various grasses.
Image: Maloja (CH) - 18/07/2011
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