Carline skipper - Pyrgus carlinae


Family: Hesperiidae

Flight Time: July - August

Size: 26-28mm

Altitude: 300-1900m

Form cirsii Grizzled skippers are difficult to identify at the best of times. The Carline skipper has two distinct forms which as an added complication. The top picture is of the nominate form and was seen in the lower woods near Évolène. The stronger marked lower picture is of form Cirsii and was seen in Provence, at about 900m in the Luberon Parc Naturel. 


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Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Potentilla Flowery places.

Carline skipper distribution.


Early Stages




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