|Kanetisa circe (Fabricius 1775)|
Great Banded Grayling
Wing span: 60 - 65mm.
The largest species of European Graylings is on the wing from early June to September at dry grassy, bushy places. Widespread and once locally common from the Mediterranean through most of southern Central Europe, now decreasing in numbers, endangered.
Larval host plants: Various grasses, e.g. Festuca ovina, Bromus erectus.
The butterfly's conspicous upper sides of wings would only be seen in flight but hardly ever at rest. After decades, this is my first lucky capture showing Circe with wings widely open.
Tom Tolman, Richard Lexington, Collins Butterfly Guide, London 2009.