Pyrgus onopordi

Rosy Grizzled Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2013

Field notes and information

Identification & Similar species: The anvil shape on the underside hindwing is distinctive. It is typically bordered with dark lines. Other species may have similar markings, but not the full anvil shape.

Distribution & Flight: North Africa, where it is very common, Spain, south France, Italy and rare in Switzerland. Flies in a 2 or 3 broods from April to October.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy meadows, attracted to damper areas where plant growth is lusher and they take nectar.

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2011

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Cadiz, Spain, October 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2012

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Var, France, July 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2010