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Hipparchia genava

Hipparchia  genava
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 10 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-21 12:38
Viewed: 3525
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Hipparchia genava / Lesser Rock Grayling / Walliser Waldportier / Zwitserse boswachter / Le Sylvandre helvète.

Distribution: Appears to inhabit all of Italy, Switzerland and E France. Distributional relationship with the Rock Grayling, H. alcyone, is not fully established. Apparently in Switzerland, the Rock Grayling is absent.

Identification: It may not be possible to separate it from the Rock Grayling, H. alcyone from external characters alone. Distributional information is important.

Flight time: Principally July and August.

Habitat: Open woodland in hot dry places. Feeds on various grasses (e.g. Brachypodium sp., Festuca sp.).

Behaviour: From experience in Switzerland where the Rock Grayling, H. alcyone, appears to be absent, its behaviour is very similar for both species - they rest frequently on hot rocks but also in trees and in the heat of the day they hide in the shade on tree trunks.

Additional notes: I'm sure there will be developments in the taxonomic status of this group, indeed as in all of the Hipparchia. The name genava originates from collected material analysed in Geneva, Switzerland, after a collecting expedition to the canton of Valais.



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great butterfly with good sharpness and brownish shades. thank you for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-22 6:54]

Beautiful image of lovely Grayling, interesting colors. tfs.

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