Safflower Skipper (Pyrgus carthami)

Male. Taken in the Velebits National Park, Croatia, on June 10th 2017.
(1/640th sec at f14. Approx 3.75x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 30 - 34mm

This species has an unbroken white margin on the hindwing underside, which is not present in other skippers. The sexes are similar.

It is widespread though most of S and C Europe.

It is found in sheltered grasslands, open grassy slopes, meadows and steppe habitats, usually between 600 and 1800m.

There is one brood per year, with a long flight period between May and August.

The larvae feed on many species of cinquefoils (Potentilla spp.).


20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia