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Common Alpine (Erebia epipsodea)

These dark brown beauties are common in mountainous areas covered in grasses. Their dark color helps absorb heat as they bask in the sun. The males spend most of their day patrolling for females and mud puddling. The Common Alpine butterfly mostly stays at higher altitudes but occasionally makes its way to the foothills. Their weak flight patterns make them interesting to watch as they bounce through grassy patches.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Satyrs and Wood-Nymph (Satyrinae)

Average Wingspan: 1 3/4 " - 2"

Habitat: Weedy areas, meadows, open areas, mountains

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Common Alpine Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
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