Grayling - Hipparchia semele


Family: Satyridae.

Flight Time: June - September

Size: 42-50mm

Altitude: 0-2000m

A well camouflaged species which angles its wings so as to leave no shadow. It is quite variable with many named subspecies, also a large number of similar species in Europe, some only separable by examination of the genitalia!


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Heathland, mainly coastal in the UK

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