Great sooty satyr

Satyrus ferula makmal

A large dark butterfly with a wingspan of 50-60 mm, the dark blackish-brown colouration in males is distinct, while females look different, being lighter with orange-red bands and more conspicuous eyespots. The great sooty inhabits woodland, forest clearings, alpine meadows, cliffs, and grassy mountain slopes. Host plants are grasses (Graminae) such as fescues (Festuca spp.), bromes (Bromus spp.), false-bromes (Brachypodium spp.), and feather-grasses (Stipa spp.). It flies late June through early August, the flight is decribed as active.

Video

 male

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 female

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