Hipparchia genava
         
Lesser Rock Grayling  
Le Sylvandre helvète  
           


















 
 
 
 
Hipparchia genava is very similar to Hipparchia alcyone ; it is therefore difficult to separate these two species on the base of external examination only. A distribution map is shown on the right, made from the confirmed records mentioned for France by T.Lafranchis in 2).
The individuals on this page were identified according to the morphological criterions
shown on this page and the distribution map. It appears that not all the specimen of H.genava meet the typical external features of this species. It is recommanded to check several butterflies within the same population and have a close look at the genitalia, in order to make a reliable identification.

Bibliography :

1) Confirmation de la dualité du "Petit Sylvandre" diagnostiquée par Leraut (1990). 2ème partie : comparaison des critères alaires et des genitalia d'Hipparchia alcyone et d'Hipparchia genava - D.Jutzeler & G.Volpe - Linneana Belgica, Pars XX, n°5, mars 2006
2) Papillons de France - Guide de détermination des papillons diurnes - T.Lafranchis - Diatheo 2014
       
       
   
1] male of Hipparchia genava - Alpes maritimes (France) - 14/07/2011   2] male found dead on the side of a road - Isère (France) - 05/07/2015  
       
       
   
3] same specimen as 2]   4] same specimen as 2]  
       
       
   
5] male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014   6] same specimen as 5]
 
 
       
       
   
7] same specimen as 5]   8] same specimen as 5] while checking the genitalia  
       
       
   
9] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014   10] same specimen as 9] while checking the genitalia
 
 
       
       
   
11] same specimen as 9]
 
  12] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014  
       
       
   
13] same specimen as 12] while checking the genitalia   14] same specimen as 12]  
       
       
   
15] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014   16] same specimen as 15] while checking the genitalia
 
 
       
       
   
17] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014   18] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014  
       
       
   
19] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014   20] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014  
       
       
   
21] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014   22] other male alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014  
       
       
   
23] male - Alpes maritimes (France) - 08/07/2012   24] male alt.1575m - Alpes maritimes (France) - 15/08/2013  
       
       
     
25] Savoie (France) - 04/06/2007
 
 
 
 
       
       
   
26] female of Hipparchia genava  alt.1575m - Alpes maritimes (France) - 15/08/2013   27] other female alt.1575m - Alpes maritimes (France) - 15/08/2013  
       
       
   
28] other female alt.1575m - Alpes maritimes (France) - 15/08/2013   29] same specimen as 28]
 
 
       
       
   
30] mating pair (female on the foreground) - Alpes maritimes (France) - 14/07/2011   31] mating pair alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014  
       
       
   
32] female alt.700m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 27/07/2014   33] same specimen as 32]
 
 
       
       
   
34] same specimen as 32]   35] female alt.760m - Haute Loire (France) - 13/08/2020  
       
       
   
36] same specimen as 35]   37] same specimen as 35]  
       
       
   
38] female alt.1130m - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 17/08/2014   39] same specimen as 38]
 
 
       
       
       
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