Colias phicomone (NL: Bergluzernevlinder / EN: Mountain Clouded Yellow / DE: Alpen-Gelbling, Grünliche Heufalter / FR: Candide) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is clearly a member of the Clouded Yellow family but is one of the palest yellow and most heavily dusted with grey scales. It is found in the Cantabrian Mountains, the Pyrenees, the Carpathian Mountains and the Alps. It flies at altitudes of 900 to 2800 meter. The wingspan is 40--50 mm. The butterfly flies from June to August depending on the location. It flies fast and erratically over open grassy areas where it can be very hard to get close to. I was lucky this one was feeding on Nigritella rhellicani - a species of terrestrial orchid and so giving me a few moments for a nice portrait.
Image: Tschierv (CH) – 13/07/2012
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