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Grayling: the forgotten one

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Grayling: the forgotten one

The grayling (Hipparchia semele) is the butterfly we all forget! If asked to list the butterflies of Dorset without referring to any documentation I reckon I could name most but if I am going to forget one it will be the grayling. The grayling is very restricted in its habitat; it has preference for heath or down land with patches of bare soil, preferably near the coast. Then, it only flies for about three weeks in August so it is not on the wing for very long.

It has very dull, well camouflaged undersides to its wings. It rests with its wings closed on patches of bare earth and it so it can easily be missed. Often, it is only as you are about tread on them and they take off that their presence is revealed.

This actually quite a common species on the Dorset heaths but far less so elsewhere


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 9 months ago

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