Hipparchia aristaeus

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Hipparchia aristaeus
Hipparchia aristaeus2.jpg
Hipparchia aristaeus1.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Hipparchia
Species: H. aristaeus
Binomial name
Hipparchia aristaeus
(Bonelli, 1826)
  • Papilio Satyrus aristaeus Bonelli, 1826
  • Hipparchia (Parahipparchia) aristaeus
  • Satyrus semele var. algirica Oberthür, 1876
  • Hipparchia semele pallidalgirica Verity, 1923

Hipparchia aristaeus, the southern grayling, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It was described by Franco Andrea Bonelli in 1826. It is found in North Africa, southern Europe (Greece, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica) and Asia Minor.[1] The habitat consists of hot dry rocky areas.

The wingspan is 50–60 mm.[2] Adults are on wing from May to August.

The larvae feed on grasses[3] of the Gramineae family.

Hipparchia aristaeus Turkey


  • Hipparchia aristaeus aristaeus
  • Hipparchia aristaeus algirica (Oberthür, 1876) (North Africa)


  1. ^ "Hipparchia Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ lepidoptera.pl
  3. ^ Captain's European Butterfly Guide