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Delattin's Grayling

Hipparchia volgensis (Mazokhin-Porshnyakov, 1952)

Status

Description

A brown medium sized butterfly which normally rests with its wings closed, with the cryptically coloured underside blending well within the background. The upperside is brown, and orange spots little developed, with two black spots, white-pupiled. The hindwing underside is a uniform mottled brown, with no obvious lines or banding. The forewing is chestnut coloured with two black spots, white-pupiled. Males and females are similar. The hindwing underside enables separation from the similar H. senthes

Habitat Requirements

Often found on mountainous, rocky ground and frequently in the road, at these higher altitudes.

Larval Foodplants

Heath False-brome Brachypodium pinnatum, Yorkshire-fog Holcus lanatus.

Observations

The Graylings are a highly complicated species complex and it is possible that Corfu has more species of Hipparchia than those already recognised. However, in 2018 Ghavalas, N. & J.G. Coutsis published a paper confirming the presences of Delattins Grayling, based on examination of genetalia.

*The information provided in the tables below is based on verified sightings of the Delattin's Grayling submitted via this website since 1st January 2021.

First and Last Sightings

Year First Last/latest # Days
2022 07/05/2022 16/09/2022 132 days
2021 08/05/2021 19/10/2021 164 days
2019 17/08/2019 17/08/2019 0 days

Number of Observations

Year Number of observations
2022 89
2021 287
Grand Total 377

Distribution Map

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Flight Times for the Delattin's Grayling (2022)

The chart below shows flight data by month for 2022 submitted online since 1st January 2022 to 26th September 2022.

Flight Times for the Delattin's Grayling (All Data)

The chart below shows flight data by month based on all data submitted online since 1st January 2019 to 26th September 2022.

Taxonomy

  • Vernacular/Common Name: Delattin's Grayling
  • Family: Nymphalidae (Rafinesque, 1815)
  • Sub-family: Satyrinae (Boisduval, 1833)
  • Tribe: Satyrini (Boisduval, 1833)
  • Sub-tribe: Satyrina (Boisduval, 1833)
  • Genus: Hipparchia (Fabricius, 1807)
  • Species: volgensis (Mazokhin-Porshnyakov, 1952)

References

For a list of references, please see our bibliography page.