Kirinia climene

Lesser Lattice Brown


by Matt Rowlings

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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NW Greece, July 2004


Field notes and information

A rare and very local species in southeast Europe. My father found our first individual following the identification aid "like an odd meadow brown". As far as I know it was not known in Europe until the 1970s.

Identification & Similar species: It resembles the latticed brown K. roxelana in flight and when settled in the dappled shade of bushes or trees.

Distribution & Flight: Sporadic and very local in southeast Europe - Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, FYROM, Greece. Single brooded in June/ July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Light woodland and forests with grassy clearings, edges, paths and tracks. Frequently settles on branches for shade and camouflage.

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NW Greece, July 2004


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SE Serbia, June 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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NW Greece, July 2004

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

With lattice brown K. roxelana

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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NW Greece, July 2016

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NW Greece, July 2004