Hipparchia alcyone - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 20 July 2010
Hipparchia alcyone Adult


© Matthew Gandy

Hipparchia alcyone ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Rock Grayling
Le Petit Sylvandre

Wingspan: 52-64mm

A univoltine species on the wing from June to August. Rarely recorded at Las Descargues but far more common on the Causse, the limestone slopes near Rocamadour and the rocky scarps above St Céré. A species of dry, rocky, open woodland, scrub and rocky slopes.

The larvae feed on Brachypodium pinnatum, B. sylvaticum, Festuca ovina.