Woodland Grayling (Hipparchia fagi)

Taken in the Velebits National Park, Croatia, on June 11th 2017.
(1/1600th sec at f13. Approx 1.75x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 66 - 76mm

This species closely resembles the Rock Grayling and Eastern Rock Grayling. Identification can only be confirmed by examination of the genitalia.

It is widespread but local in S Europe, sporadic in E Europe and commonest in the Balkans.

It is found in light woodland and scrubby clearings, usually below 1000m.

There is one generation per year between June and September.

The larvae feed on various grasses.


11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
23-Jul-2015 : Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria