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Lasiommata maera

Linnaeus 1758

Vulgar name: Large wall brown”

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Satyrinae

Front wing length mm. 20 - 25 mm.

Description: this beautiful species has a brown color, paler in the females, with large ocellated spots. The Mera flies preferably in the rocky escarpments from the plain up to 1800 m of altitude.

Male: front wings with extensive dark brown haze that more or less completely covers the wing, leaving a series of orange post-discal spots uncovered. Blackish androconial spot that crosses the wing and a large black ocellated spot, almost always double and pupillated with white., In the apical area. Hindquarters totally darkened of greyish brown with some black postdiscal spots pupillated with white and surrounded by orange.

Female: similar to the male but larger, devoid of androconium, with less extensive anterior veiling and a continuous orange post-discal band, tending to yellowish in the apical portion.

Reverse: front wings similar to the obverse but with greyish apexes, lighter and less extended designs. Hindquarters of gray color with subtle dark transverse designs. Complete series of postdiscal black ocellated spots pupillated with white and doubly bordered with greyish and brown.

Distribution: all of Italy excluding Sardinia and Elba

Habitat: meadows, forest edges and uncovered slopes from the basal to the mountain and cacuminal level, up to about 2000 meters above sea level.

Annual generations: two with flickering May-June and August-September.

Nurse plants: Poa annua, Hondeum murinum, Glyceria fluitane, Festuca sp., Lolium sp.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19912 W: 130 N: 42076] (221781)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2022-05-24
  • Exposición: 30 segundos
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  • Date Submitted: 2022-05-24 3:39
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