A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Not an easy butterfly to identify; indeed one of my reference books lists 28 species in Europe alone. They are butterflies of open scrubland preferring to flit from stone to stone or tree trunk to branch. They are heavily camouflaged and the eye spots tend to be displayed for a few seconds before pulling the forewings down to cover them. If I had to hazard a guess I'd say Hipparchia fatua or Freyer's grayling. The flower is a globe thistle or Echinops spinosissimus.



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