Hesperia comma

Silver Spotted Skipper


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, July 2020

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Bern, Switzerland, August 2020

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High Atlas, Morocco, August 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2022

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S Greece, July 2008

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2019

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, August 2019

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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High Atlas, Morocco, August 2019

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High Atlas, Morocco, August 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2019

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2018