Hipparchia semele (Grayling)
This is a coastal species found in areas where there is sparse vegetation and plenty of bare ground in open positions. Most commonly recorded from the islands of Barra, Eriskay and the southern half of South Uist, there are no recent records for this species from Harris or Lewis
IUCN (2001) - Vulnerable
Scottish Biodiversity List of species of principal conservation importance
The cryptic colouring of the Graylingmakes it difficult to see when at rest on bare ground, tree trunks, or stones. The wings are kept closed when not in flight and the forewings are usually tucked behind the hind wings, concealing the eyespots and making the butterfly appear smaller.
In flight this is a distinctive, large butterfly with a looping and gliding flight, during which the paler bands on the upperwings are visible.