Grayling Butterfly Andy
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Grayling Butterfly (Hipparchia semele)

I remember not enjoying photographing the Grayling butterfly photographed on heathland in the New Forest in Hampshire because it is a very fast flying butterfly. With excellent camouflage and seem to know exactly where to land so that it blends in with its surroundings on the ground. Only occasionally flashing its eye-spot on its wings when you get too close. It also very cleverly angles its closed wings so not to cast a shadow on the ground. The larvae feed on various grasses mainly at night and are the only British butterfly to feed from September till June. The larvae construct cocoons underground and hatch a month later. Graying is common in the UK.

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