Kirinia roxelana

Lattice Brown

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by Matt Rowlings

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

A large and distinctive species found in southeast Europe. It frequents open woodland, vineyards, scrub and bushy places where it flits about in the shade settling on the trunks and branches. Here it blends in very well in the dappled sunlight and despite its size it can be very hard to find.

Identification & Similar species: Despite first appearances it can be confused with the lesser lattice brown K. climene with which if flies in places. When the butterflies settle high up a tree in dappled sunlight the differences are not so clear.

Distribution & Flight: Southwards from southern Romania and Serbia to Greece and the larger Greek islands. Single brooded in an extended emergence from May to September, possibly with aestivation.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy places with shrubs in which it finds shade and shelter.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Samos, Greece, June 2002 (c) Peter Rowlings

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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S Greece, June 2013

We were joined at breakfast by the butterfly on the ceiling (top right).

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013