Pyrgus malvae

Grizzled Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, March 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, March 2012

Field notes and information

A widespread and common species, particularly in spring.

Identification & Similar species: It is small, has short wings and a series of bold white submarginal spots on the upperside hindwing which also has a strong white marking in the cell.

The taxon malvoides is now often considered to be a separate species. It has a more southerly range. It is has smaller cell marking on the upperside hindwing.

Distribution & Flight: Most of Europe, except northern UK and Scandinavia. Single brooded in the north in May to June or later according to altitude, double in the south from March to May and again in July/ August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Occupies many types of habitat, but they are usually grassy flowery places.

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Vaud, Switzerland, April 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, March 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2017

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2018

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2018

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Valais, Switzerland, March 2012

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2021

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Macedonia, Greece, May 2004

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2016

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2022

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022