Lasiommata petropolitana Fabricius, 1787
Common names: Northern Wall brown [En], Gorgone [Fr], Kleine argusvlinder [Nl], Braunscheckauge [De], Orman Esmerboncuk [Tu]
Pişenkaya, ARTVİN ● Turkey
Description: L. petropolitana is smaller than L. maera, with much darker overall appearance, above and below. It has generally a wavy black median line on upperside of hindwing.
The male is 19–21 mm.
• L. p. falcidia Fruhstorfer, 1908 – Transbaikalia, the Far East, Amur region
• L. p. petropolitana Fabricius, 1787 – Central Europe
• L. p. ominata Krulikovsky, 1903 – North Europe, Ural, West Siberia.
• L. p. sestia Fruhstorfer, 1908 – Altai.
Biology: The butterflies fly in one or two generations from April to September. The larvae feed on various grasses, mainly Dactylis glomerata, Festuca rubra and Festuca ovina.
Habitat: Forest on rocky or sandy areas, often along forest roads, on gravels; at 600 - 2000 meters altitude.
Distribution: It can be found in large parts of Europe, from the Pyrenees and Alps up to Scandinavia and Finland, east to Russia and Siberia.
Wikipedia, Lasiommata petropolitana
AdaMerOs Butterflies, The Butterflies Monitoring & Photography Society in Turkey
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.