Dusky grizzled skipper - Pyrgus cacaliae


Family: Hesperiidae

Flight Time: June - August

Size: 26 - 30mm

Altitude: 1800 - 2800m

As Grizzled skippers go, this ones quite easy to identify. Scanty white markings on the forewing and almost no markings on the hindwing are fairly characteristic. It is also reasonably large in size. Flies together with the Alpine grizzled skipper at higher altitudes in the Alps.

Photo taken in Valais, Switzerland.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Potentilla species Alpine grassland.

Dusky grizzled skipper distribution.


Early Stages





All pictures in these pages copyright to Simon Coombes. Permission must be sought and obtained for any use.