Hipparchia senthes

Balkan Grayling

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

From the southern Balkans, this is one of the confirmed species of the southern grayling aristaeus group. Refer to the H. aristaeus page for more information.

Identification & Similar species: Very similar to the Delattin's grayling H. volgensis. The only reliable separation of the species is by external examination of the genetalia.

Distribution & Flight: The southern Balkans in June, July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy places usually amongst trees. Frequently rests on rocks and tree trunks seeking shade in the hottest part of the day.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Dappled shade is a favorite resting place in the heat of the day.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Pelopennesos, Greece, June 2002

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Pletvar Massif, FYROM, July 2004