Black satyr - Satyrus actaea


Family: Satyridae.

Flight Time: June-August.

Size: mm

Altitude: 400-1800m

The male (pictured above in northern Spain) is somewhat darker than the female, and gives the species its name. Like very dark species often seem to be it is very edgy and takes to the wing at the least disturbance.


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