A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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African Ringlet

The African Ringlet is quite a rare butterfly hereabouts, just resident on 4 Greek islands; Symi, Rhodes, Kastellorizo and Samos. It is more common on the Turkish riviera and Antalya. It prefers dry fields and rocky slopes near the seaside and is a swift flier settling on the ground with its wings closed, making it difficult to spot once it has landed. I caught this one feeding on some thyme and very obligingly it kept its wings open for me. Ypthima asterope.





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