Very dark brown with row of black eyespots with white centre on each wing.
Eyespots are surrounded by orange. As its name suggests, this butterfly is
found predominantly in Scotland where it flies in tall, damp grassland. In
sunshine, males fly almost without rest, weaving low through the grass in
search of a mate, they feed off the nectar of many different flowers. The
females are far less conspicuous and spend most of their time basking in the
Scotch Argus occurs in damp, acid or neutral grassland up to 500m in
regions of Scotland, and around the fringes of sheltered bogs, in woodland
clearings, and young plantations.
Widespread in Scotland.
The caterpillars feed on Blue &
Purple Moor-grass, they are very difficult to spot. They hibernate over
winter by crawling down in tussocks of grass and start to feed again in
spring when the weather warms up enough.
Where to See: This
butterfly is widespread and can be seen just about anywhere in the vicinity
of Shieling Holidays.