Rock Grayling
Hipparchia hermione
(formerly Hipparchia alcyone/genava)

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July 2011, Aragón, Spain



July 2011, Aragón, Spain



July 2011, Aragón, Spain

Hipparchia hermione

Male, Switzerland, July 2013, rescued from a road. It is alive, but I don't know if it survived.

Hipparchia hermione

Italy, July 2014

Hipparchia hermione

Italy, July 2014

Switzerland, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

The taxonomy and nomenclature of  the rock grayling group of species changes all the time! At present, it seems to be agreed that what I have previous called here alcyone (rock grayling) and genava (lesser woodland grayling) are the same species, hermione

In areas of overlap between rock grayling and woodland grayling it is hard to tell them apart - the only reliable feature (but difficult to judge) is that all woodland graylings are bigger than all rock graylings. The Spanish butterflies, above, were photographed in such a region. The Swiss ones are definitely rock grayling, as only that species flies at the locations I saw them.