Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus armoricanus)
Species

Female. Taken in the Vercors NP, France, on July 20th 2018.
(1/1000th sec at f13. Approx 4x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Female underside. Taken in the Vercors NP, France, on July 20th 2018.
(1/640th sec at f13. Approx 4x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Description

Wing span: 23 - 29 mm

This species can be confused with other similar Skippers. Its forewings are like the Grizzled Skipper, but its hindwings have very faint markings. The outer forewings can exhibit a slight greenish tinge. It has fairly pale underwings. The sexes are similar.

Widespread and common in southern and central Europe. Its range extends to southern Scandinavia in the north.

It prefers hot and rocky habitats, usually in lowlands but can be up to 1600m.

There are usually two generations per year, in May/June and July/October. There is only one brood in the north, in June/July.

The main larval foodplants are Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), several Potentilla species and Helianthemum mummularium.

Sightings

23-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

08-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
23-Jul-2015 : nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria