Neohipparchia fatua

Freyer's Grayling


by Matt Rowlings

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Chios, Greece, June 2018

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Chios, Greece, June 2018

Field notes and information

A local species from the southern Balkans.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the tree grayling, H. statilinus. Separated using underside hindwing markings: a more mottled apperance, little hint of white, little contrast either side of the discal line, basal and submarginal lines are strong and complete running most of the way across the wing. There is fine marginal line in the current species.

Distribution & Flight: Southern Balkans, from June to September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy, stony slopes often amongst bushes and woodland. Adults take juices from rotting fruit.

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Peloppenesos, Greece, July 2018

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S Greece, July 2018

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Chios, Greece, June 2018

On pre-prepared banana bait.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Rhodes, Greece October 2018

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Simi, Greece October 2018

An urban species here.

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Peloppenesos, Greece, July 2018

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Peloppenesos, Greece, July 2018

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Samos, Greece, June 2018

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Chios, Greece, June 2018

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Peloppenesos, Greece, July 2018

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Chios, Greece, June 2018

Typical resting places on tree trunks. There's one butterfly on the bark.

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Peloppenesos, Greece, July 2018