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Hipparchia semele

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 14 November 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Hipparchia semele (NL: Heivlinder / EN: Grayling / DE: Ockerbindiger Samtfalter / FR:Agreste) is a species of butterfly in the Nymphalidae family.
This butterfly is a master of disguise - although fairly conspicuous when in flight, it can mysteriously disappear as soon as it lands, perfectly camouflaged against a background of bare earth and stones, always resting with its wings closed. When it first lands, and when disturbed, the butterfly will raise its forewings for a second or so, revealing dark eye spots that stand out against a beautiful spectrum of browns. This butterfly is found on sheltered, sunny and dry sites where vegetation is sparse, providing the bare ground that this butterfly requires. Typical sites include heathland, sand dunes, coastal grassland and disused quarries.

Image: Bray-Dunes (FR) - 20/08/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Beautiful and well made close up!

14 Nov 2011 6:19am

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Jolie capture de ces 2 papillons bien occupés ... compliments

14 Nov 2011 10:19pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Als ze zo lekker bezig zijn dan zitten ze tenminste even stil:-)
Erg mooi, deze vlindertjes zo tegen een gouden achtergrond.

15 Nov 2011 9:16pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 100
150 mm