Oeneis jutta

Oeneis jutta

Oeneis jutta, sometimes also called Baltic Samtfalter, is a butterfly ( butterfly ) of the family Nymphalidae ( Nymphalidae ).

  • 5.1 Notes and references
  • 5.2 Literature



The wingspan of the butterfly is 48 to 60 millimeters. Front and rear wings have on the top of a light brown to reddish-brown color. In the Submarginalregion forewing top two to three black ocelli take off. The top of the rear wing is provided with one or two black eyespots near the Analwinkel. All ocelli are surrounded more or less orange, which can be the butterflies well distinguished from other Oeneis species. The undersides of the forewings are yellow -brown, the eye-spots of the upper side shine through. The hind wing underside is mottled black-gray to blackish brown.


The ball-shaped eggs are initially green yellow and discolor soon in brownish hues. On the entire surface is a polymer formed from many whitish, strongly serrated longitudinal lines stripe pattern.


Full-grown caterpillars are brownish, ocher or greenish colored and provided with red-brown side lines and stripes. The body is very short brown haired and slightly forked at the end.


The yellowish doll shows lots of brown spots and heavily darkened wing sheaths.

Distribution and occurrence

The species occurs in the northern regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Oeneis jutta preferred inhabited vegetated with grasses wetlands, marshes, pine forest edges and tundras.


The following subspecies are distinguished:

  • Oeneis jutta jutta ( Hübner, 1806) in Fennoscandia, the Baltic States, the Urals, Siberia, the Yenisei and Amur, Sakhalin, and in the north of China, Korea and Mongolia
  • Oeneis jutta akoene Belik & Yakovlev, 1998 in the Altai Mountains and Tuva
  • Oeneis jutta alaskensis Holland, 1900 in Alaska, Yukon and northern British Columbia
  • Oeneis jutta ascerta Masters & Sorenson, 1968 in southeastern Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine and New Hampshire
  • Oeneis jutta Balderi ( Geyer, 1837), Newfoundland
  • Oeneis jutta chermocki Wyatt, 1965 in Alberta and southern British Columbia
  • Oeneis jutta harperi Chermock, 1969 in northern Manitoba and east of the Northwest Territories
  • Oeneis jutta leussleri Bryant, 1935 at the West of the Northwest Territories
  • Oeneis jutta reducta McDunnough, 1929 in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado
  • Oeneis jutta ridingiana '' F. & R. Chermock, 1940 in southwestern Manitoba and Saskatchewan,
  • Oeneis jutta sibirica Kurentzov, 1970 in Yakutia and Magadan

Way of life

The moths fly in one generation, depending on the region May to August. Occasionally they suck nectar of flowers. They like to rest with folded wings on tree trunks and are therefore to predators difficult to detect. As a food plant of the caterpillars several Sedge family ( Cyperaceae ) such as Eriophorum be spissum called Carex Carex concinna and geyeri. As the type predominantly occurs in regions with only short periods of heat and nutrient-poor vegetation, it takes two years to develop. The caterpillars overwinter first in first, second or third, and for the second time in the fourth, fifth or sixth instar.