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Dieren en planten

Grayling   Plants   Dune flora   Butterflies   

Water en land

  • Dut: Heidevlinder
  • Lat: Hipparchia semele
  • Ger: Ockerbindiger Samtfalter (Rostbinde)
  • Eng: Grayling
  • Fr: Agreste
Agreste, foto fitis,sytske dijksen


Graylings are common in dry dune grasslands with bare sandy areas. They are often found among heather grwoing in older more inland lying dunes although you also see them in younger dunes closer to the sea. Graylings like to spread their wings in the sun. You then see them with their front wings retracted between the hind wings and standing in line of their own shadow. Graylings lay their eggs on sheep fescue, grey hair-grass or common bent-grass.

On Texel

You find graylings on Texel mostly in the outer dunes. Large numbers are seen every year, however 20 years ago there were even more. Graylings aren't doing so well in the Netherlands, although the population of this butterfly has been showing improvement since 2004.