Hipparchia cretica (Rebel, 1916)


Hipparchia cretica: Adult (Crete, southern coast, Sfakia, 10m asl, early May 2013) [N] Hipparchia cretica: Adult (Crete, southern coast, Sfakia, 10m asl, early May 2013) [N] Hipparchia cretica: Adult (Crete, southern coast, Sfakia, 10m asl, early May 2013) [N] Hipparchia cretica: Adult (Crete, southern coast, Sfakia, 10m asl, early May 2013) [N] Hipparchia cretica: Habitat (Crete, southern coast, Sfakia, 10m asl, early May 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives on grasses.

Habitat:
Hipparchia cretica inhabits dry habitats like garrigue, rocky slopes or scrub from the sea up to about 1600m asl.

Life cycle:
In the lowlands the flight period already starts in early May and lasts to October (probably with aestivation period). The larva develops from autumn to spring.

Remarks:
Hipparchia cretica is endemic to Crete (Greece) and quite common there.



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