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Aug 16, 2013 4:00 PM

Grayling - Freyer's?

Found on Meganisi, an Ionian Island just off Lefkas: Lat/Lng: 38.65, 20.768

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    Aug 16, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to Mark Burgess)
    Re: Grayling - Freyer's?

    Hmm... I find graylings very difficult but I really don't think this is Freyer's. Neither of my books describe Freyer's as having a white band on the hind wing.

     

    My guess is the Woodland Grayling Hipparchia fagi for the following reasons:

    1) fagi has a white band beyond the dark wavy line that separates the basal half from the outside half.

    2) fagi has a number of faint white eye-spots on the hind wing (as your butterfly)

    3) in fagi, the forewing eye-spot is surrounded by yellow not white.

     

    Alan

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    Aug 16, 2013 5:47 PM (in response to Mark Burgess)
    Re: Grayling - Freyer's?

    It is either the Woodland Grayling (Hipparchia fagi) or the Eastern Rock Grayling (H.syriaca).  According to the Tolman field guide H.fagi  is absent fron Mediterranean islands except Sicily and Lefkas, but since Meganisi is so close to Lefkas I'd think it must be a possibility.  

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