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
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