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___________________________________________________________________________ Butterflies 65 Dryads

 

 

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DRYAD Minois dryas (m)

 

         This male Dryad Butterfly Minois dryas was photographed in France where it has a local distribution. The twin blue-pupilled spots on the forewings of this sexually dimorphic butterfly are prominent field characteristics if the insect can be observed clearly with the forewings raised (so ideally when settled) although confusion may be possible with the Great Sooty Satyr Satyrus ferula (illustrated elsewhere on this web site) in those areas of southern Europe where the ranges of these species overlap. Without these markings this butterfly would be very drab indeed! The photograph has been scanned from a transparency.

 

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