Pyrgus carthami

Safflower Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2011

Field notes and information

This is one of the larger and more conspicuous species in this group. And also one of the easiest to identify.

Identification & Similar species: The underside hindwing has a marbled effect and the marginal area is white along its whole length, the greenish/ reddish ground colour does not reach the edge of the wing. The upperside hindwing has well developped markings, consisting of two rows of spots or streaks. The cell spot on the upperside forewing is almost always in the form of a greek capital sigma.

Distribution & Flight: Throughout southern and central Europe, although absent from north Africa and peninsular Italy. Flies from June to September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot grassy meadows, usually rocky and may be with light scrub. Flies fast and low when it is quite easy to spot and track, unlike some of its similar species, although getting close to it is another question.

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2021

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2020

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Cluj, Romania, May 2009

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2020

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2017

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2017

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2021

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2013