Kanetisa circe

Great Banded Grayling

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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

A large species of grassland and bushy places. It is often common and widespread. The dark colouration and white V of the upperside recall the purple emperors and white admirals, Apatura & Limenitis.

Identification & Similar species: The white streak near the wing base of the underside hindwing is unique and serves to separate this species from similar ones.

Distribution & Flight: Iberia, southern half of France and south and eastwards. Flies from June through the summer, often well into September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry grassland with bushes and forests. Frequently rests on tree trunks and usually flies at head height or above.

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Var, France, July 2010

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FYROM, July 2004

A mating couple so deep in grasses that the tired female couldn't close her wings. The male can be seen with wings end-on.

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Gennargentu, Sardinia, Italy, July 2015

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Var, France, July 2010

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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NW Greece, July 2004