Great Banded Grayling

Brintesia circe


Switzerland, August 2012

Spain, July 2011

Nectaring, Switzerland, July 2011

Val d'Aran, July 2008

Switzerland, July 2008

My mother watches a great banded grayling fly around her feet. Switzerland 2003.

The great banded grayling is a magnificent butterfly, large and strikingly marked like an admiral, and with an equally swooping, powerful flight. It flies across much of Europe but is commonest in hot regions with plenty of bushes. In the summer of 2003, which was exceptionally hot in Switzerland, I saw greater numbers of this insect than I have ever seen before.