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Sinai grayling – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Sinai grayling

Hipparchia pisidice pisidice

A larger of the graylings with a wingspan of 60-65 mm, the dark brown colour, series of eyespots, indented hindwings, and light silvery-grey undersides are characteristic. The Sinai prefers drier habitats, such as steppe, semi-desert, dry slopes, and mountain caves and crevices. The host plant associated with this species is mountain millet-rice (Oryzopsis miliacea). It flies June through September, the flight is fast but described as careful. This species is considered vulnerable.

 

 

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