Pseudochazara anthelea

White Banded Grayling

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by Matt Rowlings

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Parnassos, Greece, July 2007

Field notes and information

A rather beautiful brightly coloured grayling. It is confined to southeast Europe where it can be common.

Identification & Similar species: The underside white markings are distinctive. The females are completely different from the males - much larger, lacking the white underside band and is generally much browner than the male.

Distribution & Flight: South Balkans from Greece, FYROM etc and the Greek islands. Flies early in the year for this group of graylings, from the end of May to early July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy places, from low levels amongst scrub and light woodland to very dry rocky stony places above the tree line.

Variation: The Greek islands host the subspecies anthelea which is whiter than the subspecies amalthea from the Greek mainland.

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Samos, June 2002

Unusual view - a flick of the wings revealing the upperside. Note dark scent band on forewing only found in males.

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Parnassus, Greece, July 2007

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Crete, June 2004

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Samos, June 2002

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Samos, June 2002

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Samos, June 2002