Carcharodus lavatherae

Marbled Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2015

Field notes and information

A large pale species, widespread but usually found in low numbers.

Identification & Similar species: The species is pale, with highly contrasting upperside markings - black, white and usually rich or pale brown markings. Discal hyline markings are broad. Hindwing markings are strong, particularly the discal band. The underside is relatively uniform and pale and the spots and bands are rather indistinct.

Distribution & Flight: Generally south of a latitude running through Switzerland. Also the Atlas mountains of north Africa. Flies in a single brood from late May to July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy flowery places, usually with rocks. May fly amongst scrub.

The resting position is unusual. The wings are wrapped around the body hiding the legs and the abdomen is curved up high above the thorax.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2019

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SW Serbia, June 2012

Very pale underside hindwing.

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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NW Greece, July 2016

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2013

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2017

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S Greece, June 2013

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Piedmont, Italy, July 2002

The most unusual roosting position practiced by this butterfly.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2010