Butterflies of Norway

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HIPPARCHIA SEMELE

 

English name: Grayling.
Norwegian name: Kystringvinge.
Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Original description: as Papilio Nymphalis semele in Syst. Nat. (Edn. 10) I : 174.
Syn.: - - -
Type locality of nominate species: Sweden.
Worldwide distribution: Europe except northern Fennoscandia, eastwards to Armenia.
Subspecies in Norway: H.s.semele, ?H.s.montana.
Notes: - - -

 

H. semele semele

Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Original description: as Papilio Nymphalis semele in Syst. Nat. (Edn. 10) I : 174.
Syn.: - - -
Type locality of subspecies: Sweden.
Distribution in Norway: Coastal region of South Norway.
Notes: H. semele is now extinct in inner parts of Oslofjord.
Described forms found in Norway: - - -
Etymology: semele: Semele was the earth goddess, daughter of Cadmus and Hermione, mother
of Bacchus, in Greek mythology.

 

H. semele montana

Auctor: Henriksen, ?1982
Original description: - - -
Syn.: - - -
Type locality of subspecies: - - -
Distribution in Norway: West Norway.
Notes: Henriksen described H. semele montana as a subspecies occurring in the cliffs of
West Norway as well as Swedish inland ["esp. Vänern-Vättern" (Henriksen, 1982)].
It is said to resemble ssp. cadmus Fruhstorfer, 1908 from Switzerland.
A most doubtful subspecies.
Described forms found in Norway: - - -
Etymology: montana = of mountains.




Hipparchia semele semele from Norway (55kB)

 

 
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HIPPARCHIA  SEMELE  SEMELE

 Specimen

 EIS

 Region

 Kommune

 Coll. date

 Legit

 In coll.

 Elevation

 Remarks

 1  19  Ø  Rygge  18-JUL-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN  sea-level  ♂
 2  19  Ø  Rygge  18-JUL-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN  sea-level  ♂
 3  19  Ø  Rygge  18-JUL-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN  sea-level  ♂ - ventral view
 4  19  Ø  Rygge  18-JUL-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN  sea-level  
 5  Denmark  Århus amt  Grenaa  11-AUG-1980  S. Kjeldsgaard  TN  sea.level

 ♀

 6  19  Ø  Rygge  18-JUL-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN  sea-level

 ♀ - ventral view




seme-14.JPG (31684 bytes)
 

 
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HIPPARCHIA  SEMELE  MONTANA  -   males

 Specimen

 EIS

 Region

 Kommune  Coll. date  Legit  In coll.  Remarks
 1  7  RY  Klepp  29-JUL-1945  Fritz Jensen  ZMO  
 2  7  RY  Sandnes  AUG-1928  Fritz Jensen  ZMO  
 3  7  RY  Klepp  JUL-1924  Fritz Jensen  ZMO  
 4  7  RY  Klepp  14-JUL-1925  Fritz Jensen  ZMO   - ventral view
 5  7  RY  Klepp   JUN-1924  Fritz Jensen  ZMO  - ventral view
 6  50  SFI  Sogndal  1929  Fritz Jensen  ZMO  - ventral view




seme-16.JPG (32120 bytes)

 

 
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HIPPARCHIA  SEMELE  MONTANA  -   females

 Specimen

 EIS

 Region

 Kommune  Coll. date  Legit  In coll.  Remarks
 1  7  RY  Klepp  14-JUL-1935  Fritz Jensen  ZMO  
 2  7  RY  Klepp    Holgersen  ZMO  
 3  13  RY  Utsira  24-AUG-1939  Holgersen  ZMO  
 4  7  RY  Sandnes  05-AUG-1933  Fritz Jensen  ZMO  - ventral view
 5  57  SFY  Flora  12-JUL-1989  A. Mikalsen  ZMO  - ventral view
 6  57  SFY  Flora  12-JUL-1989  A. Mikalsen  ZMO   - ventral view




Hipparchia semele from Norway, Denmark and Sweden (54 kB)  
 
 
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For comparison:  HIPPARCHIA  SEMELE  SEMELE  and  HIPPARCHIA  SEMELE  TRISTIS

 Specimen

 Country

 Region

 Kommune  Coll. date  Legit  In coll.  Remarks
 1  Norway  EIS 18, Ø  Rygge  18-JUL-1982  Tony Nagypal  TN  ssp. semele
 2  Denmark  Århus amt  Grenaa  11-AUG-1980  S. Kjeldsgaard  TN   ssp. semele
 3  Norway  EIS 18, Ø  Rygge  18-JUL-1982  Tony Nagypal  TN   ssp. semele - ventral view
 4  Sweden  Gotlands län  Gotland  30-JUN-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN  ssp. tristis
 5  Sweden  Gotlands län  Gotland  30-JUN-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN  ssp. trisitis
 6  Sweden  Gotlands län  Gotland  30-JUN-1992  Tony Nagypal  TN   ssp. tristis - ventral view

 

For further notes, photos and maps of this species, check out
the Lepidoptera homepage of the Zoological Museum of Oslo/Norwegian Entomological Society/Skogforsk
(text in Norwegian).

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