Hipparchia fidia

Striped Grayling

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by Matt Rowlings

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Bouches du Rhône/ Var, France, July/ August 2010

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Field notes and information

Dramatic "dazzle" camouflage markings very effectively break up the shape of this butterfly. Even when the butterfly is seen settling on the ground, often in the shade of a low shurb or tuft of grass, it is very difficult to find.

Identification & Similar species: There are no similar species.

Distribution & Flight: North Africa, Spain and Portugal and Mediterranean France. Often local but widespread and can be common. Flies in high summer from July to September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Very hot dry stony grassy places with bushes. Sits on very hot rocks angling its wings directly into the sun to minimise heat intake and also to avoid casting a shadow that could give its position away to predators.

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Bouches du Rhône/ Var, France, July/ August 2010

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, September 2001

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Bouches du Rhône, France, July 2009

Habitat. Butterflies hide in undergrowth and shade in the typically very hot dry conditions.

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Bouches du Rhône, France, July 2009

Habitat. Butterflies hide in undergrowth and shade in the typically very hot dry conditions.

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Bouches du Rhône/ Var, France, July/ August 2010

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Bouches du Rhône, France, July 2009