Hipparchia senthes/volgensis/cretica/christenseni/mersina complex
The species Hipparchia senthes, Hipparchia volgensis, Hipparchia cretica, Hipparchia christenseni and Hipparchia mersina are very similar and it has not yet been possible to identify them accurately from the external characteristics of the coffin, which usually are seen, when butterflies are standing on the ground or in plants. The distribution maps are presented below because:
- In Crete only the species Hipparchia cretica exists.
- In Karpathos only the species Hipparchia christenseni exists.
- The species Hipparchia mersina exists on the islands of Samos and Lesvos.
Below only photos of Hipparchia cretica, Hipparchia christenseni and Hipparchia mersina are presented.
BELOW: two photos of one female and one male of Hipparchia mersina (Samos)
BELOW: Two photos of one female and one male of Hipparchia christenseni (Karpathos)
ΑΝΩ: Τρία αρσενικά Hipparchia cretica (Κρήτη)
BELOW: Five females Hipparchia cretica (Crete