Great banded grayling - Kanetisa circe

Great banded grayling - Kanetisa circe  

Family: Satyridae

Flight Time: June - September

Size: 66-80mm

Altitude: 0-1650m

A large species, recognisable in flight by the large white band across the wings. They are very sensitive and immediately take off and fly high into trees when approached. While camping in Provence this one settled early one morning in a tree above our tent. The presence of an inner white patch helps identification.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Grasses Dry, bushy.

Great banded grayling


Early Stages




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