Hipparchia semele



by Matt Rowlings

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, September 2006

Field notes and information

A widespread species, often common in the right habitats.

Identification & Similar species: This is a "model" for the a number of Hipparchia species. The group is actively speciating and taxonomy is complex evolving at the moment across Europe. As there is generally little overlap between the similar species, identification best started with knowledge of which species are presented in the given location.

Distribution & Flight: Extends from Spain and Italy and the northern Balkans to Scandinavia and the UK. Seemingly coastal in northern countries.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry heathland or grassy places. As with all Hipparchia it doesn't open its wings when at rest, prefering to either angle its wings towards the sun to heat up or into the sun to minimise heating.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2021

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2021

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2015

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Almeria, Spain, July 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, September 2007

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Andalucia, Spain, May 2008

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009

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Var, France, July 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, September 2007

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Dorset, UK, July 2000