Satyrium ledereri

Orange Banded Hairstreak


by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: ledereri

Samos, Greece, June 2002

Photo: ledereri

Samos, Greece, June 2002

Field notes and information

In Europe, only found at the top of the two mountains of the Greek island of Samos.

Identification & Similar species: There are no other similar species.

Distribution & Flight: Only from Samos in Greece. It flies in June. We failed to find it on one of the two mountains on the island, Mt. Karvounis, so we had to undertake the grueling walk up Mt. Kerketefs (about 700m climb) in soaring temperatures - start very very early in the morning is my only advice. This is a very remote mountain and I wouldn't like to attempt it alone in case of accident.

Habitat & Behaviour: Sparsely vegetated, windswept, exposed mountain tops. Flies low over the ground.

Photo: ledereri

Samos, June 2002