Chazara prieuri

Southern Hermit

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by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2016

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Field notes and information

An extremely local species with a sporadic distribution in Spain and northwest Africa. It's hard to find even at "good" sites.

Identification & Similar species: There are no similar species.

Distribution & Flight: Only from parts of the eastern half of Spain and the High and Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco and neighbouring Algeria.

Habitat & Behaviour: Very hot dry rocky places with sparse vegetation. In Spain I've found them amongst sparse bushes, in Morocco they (it!) was on a treeless mountain.

Variation: In Spain, I found just a single example of the brown form of the female uhagonis, see photo.

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

A typical resting place, out of the glare and heat of the sun.

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003 (c) Peter Rowlings

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

(c) Peter Rowlings

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

A typical resting position in the dappled shade of a low shrub.

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

More unusual position in a tree. In the shade as usual.

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

Female of the brown form uhagonis. She was temporarily stunned during capture (a very rare event), hence able to be photographed in the open and with forewing exposed.

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

Again in the shade

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003