Woodland Grayling

Hipparchia fagi


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Hipparchia fagi

Spain, July 2008

Hipparchia fagi

Italy, July 2014

Hipparchia fagi

Italy, July 2014

Hipparchia fagi

Spain, July 2008

July 2005, Val d'Aran

July 2005, Val d'Aran

Both these pictures Provence, July 2004

Val d'Aran, July 2004, in the middle of a road!

Dead female (road casualty), Val d'Aran, July 2003

The woodland grayling is supposed to be widespread and relatively common in parts of Europe, though nowhere where I have ever lived and so for me it remains a special butterfly to see. It favours woodland edges and often rests, sometimes in groups, on tree trunks and in shade. It is almost indistinguishable in the field from the rock grayling, H. alcyone, from which it is best separated by size. The bands are also whiter on the upperside and the apical spot on the upperside of the forewing is more suffused over with dark scales in the male.