Hesperia comma

Silver Spotted Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005

The form benuncus from N Africa is striking. The underside white spots link up.

Field notes and information

A distinctive species of grasslands.

Identification & Similar species: The bright silver underside spots are distinctive.

Distribution & Flight: Most of Europe and north Africa, sporadic in south Spain and south Italy. Absent from most of northern Scandinavia and only present on chalk hills in south England (although expanding rapidly in the new millenium). Often at high levels in the Alps (>2000m). Single brooded, depending on region and altitude from mid June to August or later.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open grassy places where it frequently feeds at flowers and rests on bare earth to warm up.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2013

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2013

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Hautes Alpes, France, July 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2012

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2005

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S Pyrenees, Spain, August 2003

Female.

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S Greece, July 2008

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2003