Hipparchia mersina

Samos Grayling

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by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: mersina

Samos, Greece, June 2002

Fairly uniform grey helps distinguish this species from the heavily mottled dark brown Hipparchia aristaeus with which it flies.

Photo: mersina

Samos, Greece, June 2002

Field notes and information

An eastern species, reaching Europe only on the islands of Samos and Lesbos just a few kms from the Turkish mainland.

Identification & Similar species: The grayling H. senthes also flies on Samos. The current species is greyer and of fairly uniform coloration with weak or even absent markings on the underside.

Distribution & Flight: In Europe confined to Samos and Lesbos.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flies at the highest levels on the island around the tree line at about 1000m. They are supposed to occur lower down but we didn't find any.

Photo: mersina

Samos, Greece, June 2002

A lucky shot as the butterfly flicks its wings revealing the usually stubbornly guarded upperside.

Photo: mersina

Samos, Greece, June 2002