Thymelicus christi

Canary Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: christi

Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

Male with sex brand.

Photo: christi

Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

Female.

Field notes and information

Formerly considered a subspecies of the Lulworth skipper T. acteon it is now often recognised as a species.

Identification & Similar species: Unmistakable - it's the only golden skipper found on the Canary Islands.

Distribution & Flight: Confined to the western Canary Islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Plama, Gomera and Hierro where it is found upto 1000m. It flies in several broods throughout the year except in winter.

Habitat & Behaviour: Local amongst trees and scrub in grassy flowery places. In April when I found it it rested frequently on rocks presumably to warm up.

Photo: christi

Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

Photo: christiPhoto: christi

Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

Female.

Photo: christi

Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011