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.
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.
I wonder if you have in mind Hipparchia aristaeus?
BTW, I've just come across a list of subspecies of H semele
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.
That is exactly the one I had in mind. Do I take it that you would agree with the identification? I think it was the broad band surrounding the cell that swayed me away from semele and I couldn't find any other suitable candidates.
One of my books (which only claims to cover Europe) shows this as only being in Sardinia, Corsica and Malta while Collins also includes N. Africa, a lot of Greece and W. Turkey.
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.