Pyrgus foulquieri

Foulquier's Grizzled Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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Var, France, August 2010

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Var, France, August 2010

Field notes and information

The specific name of this species has changed from foulquieri to bellieri in the 2000s. It poses difficult identification issues.

Identification & Similar species: A key feature is the underside of the male abdomen. This is thickly covered in white hairs, in contrast with a relatively fine tuft in the large grizzled skipper, alveus. In practice this is quite difficult to judge. It has a greenish underside and the upperside has a heavy white dusting of scales. It lacks the "C" shaped mark in the cell found in the large grizzled skipper P. alveus centralhispaniae with which it may fly.

Distribution & Flight: Southeast France, east Pyrenees and central Italy. Flies in July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy meadows from low to alpine levels.

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Var, France, August 2010

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Alpes Maritimes, Italy, August 2004

Underside of male abdomen showing extensive white tufting - a key feature in separating foulquieri from alveus.

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Var, France, August 2010

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Alpes Maritimes, Italy, August 2004

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Var, France, August 2010

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Provence, France, August 2001