Muschampia alta

Southern Sage Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Pelopennesos, Greece, August 2007

Field notes and information

Confined to S Italy and southern Balkans. It is one of 3 cryptospecies, separated by DNA and male genitalia, that are indistinguishable by external characteristics. For more information see M. proto, Western sage skipper.

Identification & Similar species: See M. proto Western sage skipper from which it is indistinguishable.

Distribution & Flight: Southern Italy, mainland Greece and neighbours in the southern Balkans. Flies in a single brood from April to October, usually (?) peaking in the summer.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy stony places, usually amongst scrub. In the summer drought of the Mediterranean, this species is often the only butterfly flying in very hot dry "dead" locations

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NW Greece, July 2016

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Pelopennesos, Greece, August 2007

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NW Greece, August 2008