David Element

 

 

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__________________________________________________________________ Butterflies 82 Ė Great-banded Graylings

 

 

 

A insect on a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A purple flower on a plant

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A piece of grass

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of some grass

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a purple flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A close up of a flower

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

A picture containing tree, outdoor, animal, small

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GREAT BANDED GRAYLING BUTTERFLY Brintesia circe

 

         The Great Banded Grayling Butterfly Brintesia (or in some references Kanetesia) circe is an impressive insect. The final photograph shows one of these large southern and central European butterflies with its wings partially opened to show the broad white wing bands but they normally settle with their wings closed (they may open and close them whilst feeding) and could be confused with some of the larger Hipparchia species. However, these lack the short white post-basal band seen in Great Banded Graylings and they donít show a similar degree of contrast between the white bands and the dark ground colour of the wings. These butterflies are associated with rough ground and woodland margins. The photographs were taken in the South of France where this butterfly is common.

 

         Davidís short film of a Great Banded Grayling feeding may be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ivk2hAoOIU&list=PL4AirIEc0NofhDbxohAG_PoMc7P2iGR5N&index=92&t=0s.

 

 

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