Hipparchia algirica

African Grayling


by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: algirica

Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

Field notes and information

Following DNA analyses, the southern grayling H. aristeaus group was split up. The North African taxon is known as the African grayling H. algirica.

Identification & Similar species: This is the only grayling with an orange colouration in North Africa.

Distribution & Flight: The mountains of North Africa. It's said to be common and widespread, but I've only found it on a few occasions.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry rocky grassy places. Seeks shade in the hottest part of the day.