Rock Grayling (Hipparchia hermione)

Taken in the Vercors NP, France on July 19th 2018.
(1/125th sec at f13. Approx 1.75x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 65 - 75mm

This species closely resembles the Woodland Grayling. The sexes are similar.

It is found in eastern Europe, extending through the Alps into south-east France, and also in Italy and Spain. It is regarded as being Near-threatened.

Typical habitats are light woodland, forest clearings and margins, rock masses and rocky mountain slopes mostly between 500 and 1600m.

There is one brood per year from late June to mid-August.

Larvae feed on various grasses.


25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France