Hipparchia semele

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Glasán [IRL]

L'Agreste [F]

Rostbinde [D]

Distribution Map (dark areas indicate presence) and Flight Times of this species - \nNB See General Information page for accuracy information

Limestone regions, rocky coastal areas.

Burren, Eastern and Southern coasts.


56-61mm (2.20 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]

This butterfly is a master of camouflage. When at rest, it keeps its wings closed with the forewing tucked in.
Furthermore, it positions itself to cast a minimum shadow. If disturbed, it probably will not travel far but is still difficult to track as it will be virtually invisible when it lands.