Pyrgus carlinae

Carline Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Hautes Alpes, France, July 2013

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

Field notes and information

Another tricky member of this group which poses identification issues. The cinquefoil skipper P. cirsii is very similar and was once (and sometimes still is) considered a subspecies of the current species. The ranges overlap.

Identification & Similar species: Upperside forewing spots bright, fairly small, white dusting not extensive. Upperside hindwing markings diffuse. Underside hindwing reddish brown, veins are pale and particularly prominent is the large white rectangular patch in space 5 the wing margin.

On the upperside there are two marks mid way along spaces 2 and 3. These are separate in the current species (they may just touch in rare cases) and in the very similar cinquefoil skipper P. cirsii they are joined to make a wavy S shape.

Upperside hindwing markings diffuse, helping separated it from the very similar Obethur's grizzled skipper P. armoricanus which has a fairly strong discal band and cell markings.

Distribution & Flight: Southeast France, Alps and north Italy. July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open flowery grassy places.

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

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Alpes Maritimes, Italy, July 2004

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Hautes Alpes, France, July 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015

Note the red mites waiting for food to arrive.

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

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Hautes Alpes, France, July 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2007

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Hautes Alpes, France, July 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015