Hipparchia cretica

Cretan Grayling

euroButterflies

by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2016

Show butterflies of: EU US
io-header
Photo: cretica

Crete, June 2004

Photo: cretica

Crete, June 2004

Field notes and information

Confined to Crete where it is widespread and common.

Identification & Similar species: Very similar to the grayling H. semele . It is however the only Hipparchia flying on Crete.

Distribution & Flight: Endemic to Crete. Both sexes fly in mid May and June then the females move to higher altitudes to avoid the very hot very dry summer months. They descend to lay eggs on the fresh growth that follows the first autumn rains.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy, rocky places. Frequently feeds on thyme and, at lower levels, on bramble.

Photo: cretica

Crete, June 2004

Photo: cretica

Crete, June 2004

Photo: cretica

Crete, June 2004