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Sep 4, 2013 3:55 PM

Grayling to ID

I photographed this last month and I've been struggling to ID it. I went through my books several times, but today I decided not to discount out of range species and I found a match. So, before I label this as something it might not be, perhaps someone else could tell me what they think. Sadly only the hind wing is visible to any great extent.

 

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Points I notice are (1) the broad dark area surrounding the cell where many graylings have just a dark line separating the postdiscal pale band from the inner darker area, (2) a small eyespot in S2 beyond the pale postdiscal band, (3) a further dark line inside the costa, (4) the dark patches on the costa at the vein terminations that blend into the chequered fringe. In case this helps, note the orange tips to the antennal clubs.

 

Alan

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    Sep 4, 2013 4:21 PM (in response to awillkey)
    Re: Grayling to ID

    Alan,

     

    I wonder if you have in mind Hipparchia aristaeus?

     

    BTW, I've just come across a list of subspecies of H semele

    http://naturewonders.piwigo.com/picture?/1927

    Some of those taxa are recognized elswewhere as species, however.

    But it does also point out that taxonomy is in a state of flux with Hipparchia.

     

    Mike

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        Sep 4, 2013 9:17 PM (in response to awillkey)
        Re: Grayling to ID

        Alan,

         

        Perhaps great minds?...

        Far be it from us to say so.

         

        I would be reasonably condfident with that ID.

        To be honest, I find Hipparchia in general almost distressing - in that the more you look, it seems the more you see variation and inconsistency:(

        At least in Cyprus (home) there are fewer species to choose from.

         

        Mike

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