Pyrgus cirsii

Cinquefoil Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Ain, France, August 2010

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Ain, France, August 2010

Field notes and information

Now more usually considered a full species rather than a subspecies of the carline skipper P. carlinae.

Identification & Similar species: Upperside forewing spots bright white and often large, dusting of scales not normally extensive. Underside hindwing reddish brown, veins are pale. Particularly prominent is the large white rectangular patch in space 5.

On the upperside there are two marks mid way along spaces 2 and 3. These are separate or may just touch in the carline skipper P. carlinae. In the current species they are joined to make a wavy S shape. The underside ground colour is usually a strong red-brown.

Upperside hindwing markings diffuse in most butterflies, helping separate it from the similar Obethur's grizzled skipper P. armoricanus which has a fairly strong discal band, particularly the cell marking.

Distribution & Flight: SE France, Iberian peninsular. Also through the rest of the Alps, although sporadic. July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open flowery grassy places.

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Ain, France, August 2010

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Ain, France, August 2010

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Ain, France, August 2010

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Ain, France, August 2010

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Ain, France, August 2007

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Ain, France, August 2007

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Ain, France, August 2007

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

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Ain, France, August 2009

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Ain, France, August 2009

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

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Ain, France, August 2007

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Ain, France, August 2009

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

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S Pyrenees, Spain, August 2003

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003