Black mountain ringlet (1/6)

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Found high in the South Island mountains, this butterfly sits with its black wings open to effectively absorb solar heat. This one was photographed on a bare scree slope 1630 m above sea level.

Scientific name
Percnodaimon merula
Common names
black mountain ringlet, pepe pouri
Craigieburn Forest Park, New Zealand
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