Lorković’s Brassy Ringlet is a satyrine butterfly endemic to the Alps from Slovenia through southern Austria to eastern Italy (De Groot et al 2009). The larvae feed on grasses (Rakosy & Jutzeler 2005). The preferred habitat is undisturbed alpine grassland with patches of bare ground, where the butterflies bask in the sun and feed on minerals (De Groot et al 2009). In Austria, piles of rubble overgrown with grasses are also an important habitat (Rakosy & Jutzeler 2005). Erebia calcaria was listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention (Council of Europe 1979). Populations are threatened by habitat loss due to cattle grazing and construction of ski resorts (De Groot et al 2009, van Swaay et al 2012).
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n = 8 (Rakosy & Jutzeler 2005)
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Erebia calcaria
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Lorkovic’s brassy ringlet (Erebia calcaria) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in the Alps. The species inhabits southern exposed slopes with alpine grassland interspersed with rocks. Screes without vegetation or only a few grass tussocks cannot serve as habitat.
The species is only active when the sun is shining. They fly close to the ground, visiting flowers from time to time and spend much of their time on rocks, resting. The female deposits her eggs on dry grass stalks, just above the ground. The caterpillars feed on Nardus stricta and on various Festuca and Sesleria species.
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