Chazara briseis

Hermit

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by Matt Rowlings

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Field notes and information

The white bands on the upperside create a distinctive V shape when in flight. When settled in the shade of a shrub or grasses they appear to melt away becoming very difficult to see in the dappled light despite their size. Equally hard to pick up when sitting on hot rocks in full sun.

Identification & Similar species: There are no similar species.

Distribution & Flight: N Africa, much of Spain, southern France, parts of Italy and southeast Europe. In Switzerland, near the northern limit of its range, it is now a rarity. Single brooded in the high summer, although may appear from June to October.

Habitat & Behaviour: Very hot dry stony places with sparse shrubs or light woodland. Will find shade where possible in the fierce mid day heat.

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Var, France, August 2010

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Macedonia, Greece, July 2004

Courtship - many minutes are spent chasing over and posing on rocks.

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, August 2005

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Var, France, August 2010

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Var, France, August 2010

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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NW Greece, August 2008