Grayling (Hipparchia semele)

Cheshire local information

When to see: July-August

Where to see: Coastal habitats

Behaviour: Patrol

Wingspan: 51-62mm

Caterpillar food plant: Bristle Bent (Agrostis curtisii), Early Hair-grass (Aira praexox), fecues (Festuca spp.), Marram (Ammophila arenaria), Tufted Hair-grass (???)

Cheshire status: An uncommon resident, mainly confined to coastal localities on the Wirral where there has been little change of status. Inland sightings restricted to saline localities where there is presently a single small breeding colony. Single-brooded flying from mid-July to late August.

Grayling butterfly