|[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.
anel, aruntp has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
|You must be logged in to start a discussion.|