Striped Grayling (Hipparchia fidia)
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A very distinctive jagged “V” shape in the unh discal line, and a quite light underside generally, makes fidia easy to identify. Prior to 2009 I saw it only rarely, once in 1999, another singleton in 2003, and not again until 2008 when I saw several in two localities in the Vaucluse, and once in northern Var.
It seems to be becoming increasingly uncommon even in its stronghold areas.
However, in 2009 I travelled across the Cevennes in late August and it was
encountered in several locations. In subsequent years I have seen it in
localities in the west of Var and further west, but nearly always in small
numbers. The distribution appears to be split into three main areas as indicated
It is perhaps surprisingly large when seen in the field.
a very lightly coloured male.
a male, in a typical pose, unfortunately next to a discarded plastic bag in a car park.
this may well be a female, because it was at the end of the flight period but also because it was rather browner in colouring, which may or may not be indicative.
|42084||?||a rather lightly marked and rather brownish individual. Not entirely fresh, as it appears to be toward the end of its flight period.||680|
|42127||?||a rather darker specimen.||680|