Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Colorado Alpine
Erebia callias W.H. Edwards, 1871


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Identification: Upperside is dull gray-brown with a slight luster. Forewing above and below has 2 eyespots near the tip, usually in a red patch. Underside of hindwing is silver-gray with tiny dark markings.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3.5 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol over grassy areas to find females. Eggs are deposited singly on dead leaf blades near grasses and sedges.
Flight: One brood from mid-July to mid-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably grasses or sedges.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Alpine grassy meadows.
Range: Alpine Wyoming and Colorado.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL