Tufted Skipper (Carcharodus flocciferus)
Species

Taken at Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on July 22nd 2015.
(1/320th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Description

Wing span: 28 - 32mm

The Tufted Skipper has greyish-brown uppersides with various white markings. The hindwing margins are toothed. The sexes are similar.

It is widespread but patchy and generally uncommon in S. Europe. Its range extends to the Balkans and E. Europe.

It is found in grasslands rich in flowers, railway banks, forest edges and clearings up to 2100m.

There are two generations per year. The first brood is late May to June, and the second in July to August.

The main larval foodplants are Woundwort spp. (Stachys).

Males are very territorial, constantly perching on flower or grass heads looking for intruders.

It is evaluated as Near Threatened in Europe.

Sightings

09-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
22-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria