Oeneis bore

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Oeneis bore
Oeneis bore pansa figure 4
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Oeneis
Species group: Oeneis (bore)
O. bore
Binomial name
Oeneis bore
(Schneider, 1792)[2]

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  • Papilio bore Schneider, 1792
  • Oeneis norna bore Hübner, 1825
  • Oeneis verdanda Staudinger, 1898
  • Oeneis semidea var. pansa Christoph, 1893
  • Oeneis arasaguna Austaut, 1911
  • Oeneis mckinleyensis dos Passos, 1949
  • Oeneis taygete Geyer, [1830]
  • Oeneis bootes Boisduval, 1832
  • Oeneis taygete gaspeensis dos Passos, 1949
  • Oeneis taygete fordi dos Passos, 1949
  • Oeneis taygete edwardsi dos Passos, 1949
  • Oeneis patrushevae Korshunov, 1985

Oeneis bore, the white-veined Arctic or Arctic grayling,[2] is a butterfly, a species of Satyrinae that occurs in North America and Asia.


The wingspan is 37 to 49 mm.[3] The dorsal view is a dull greyish brown while the females are often tawny. Males have a dark grey node in the centre of the forewing.


Listed alphabetically:[2]

  • O. b. arasaguna Austaut, 1911 – eastern Sayan, Transbaikalia?
  • O. b. bore – Arctic Europe, Arctic Siberia
  • O. b. edwardsi dos Passos, 1949 – southern Alberta, southern British Columbia, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado
  • O. b. fordi dos Passos, 1949 – south western Alaska
  • O. b. gaspeensis dos Passos, 1949 – southern Quebec
  • O. b. hanburyi Watkins, 1928 – Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, northern Manitoba
  • O. b. mckinleyensis dos Passos, 1949 – Alaska
  • O. b. pansa Christoph, 1893 – Yakutia, Magadan
  • ?O. b. patrushevae Korshunov, 1985 - Siberian tundra
  • O. b. taygete Geyer, [1830] – Labrador, northern Quebec – white-veined Arctic

Similar species[edit]

Range and habitat[edit]

Occurs from Lapland and northern Russia and across Arctic Canada from Labrador to British Columbia; also found in the Gaspé Peninsula, western Alberta and the US Rocky Mountain states.[3] Its habitats include grassy alpine slopes, tundra, taiga, and subarctic bogs.[4]

Larval foods[edit]

Sedges (e.g., Carex misandra) and oviposition has been observed on dead leaves of grasses (Festuca mibra, Festuca brachyphylla, and Festuca vivipara).[3]

Adult foods[edit]


  1. ^ "European Red List of Butterflies" (PDF). p. 38.
  2. ^ a b c "Oeneis Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  3. ^ a b c d Oeneis bore, Butterflies of Canada
  4. ^ "NatureServe Explorer 2.0". explorer.natureserve.org. Retrieved 2022-02-20.