Freyer’s grayling

Hipparchia fatua sichaea

A small grayling butterfly with a wingspan of 30-34 mm, resembles other graylings, but the dark brown colour, eyespots, and lack of light bands are distinct and females are typically lighter. The Freyer’s prefers lower altitudes, and lives in farmland, scrub, grassland, dense thickets, woodland, and on dry stony slopes. Host plants includes members of the grass family (Graminae), such as meadow-grasses (Poa spp.) and fescues (Festuca spp.). It flies May through September, and often hides on tree trunks or on the ground.



Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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