Dryad (Minois dryas)

Taken at Pont en Royans, France, on July 21st 2018.
(1/160th sec at f13. Approx 2x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 54 - 70mm

The Dryad's upper forewings have two distinctive blue-pupilled eye spots, with no white dots in between. Females are larger and paler than males.

It is widespread and locally common in southern and central Europe, southern Germany and Poland, and eastwards through the central Balkans. It is also found in Turkey, West and Central temperate Asia, Mongolia and Japan

Typical habitats are rough and bushy margins of of deciduous woodland, grassy clearings and rides in forests, and wooded slopes up to 1600m.

There is one generation per year between June and September.

Larvae feed on a wide range of grasses.

Adults feed on Scabious species, Hemp Agrimony and other tall flowers.

The Dryad is shy and furtive, and can be difficult to approach.

It is regarded as being of Least Concern on the IUCN list.


21-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France