Muschampia proteides

Eastern Sage Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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Simi, Greece, May 2017

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Simi, Greece, May 2017

Field notes and information

Only known from the islands of Simi and Tilos in Europe, its range continues eastwards. It is one of 3 cryptospecies, separated by DNA and male genitalia, that are indistinguishable by external characteristics. For more information see M. proto, Western sage skipper.

Identification & Similar species: See M. proto Western sage skipper from which it is indistinguishable.

Distribution & Flight: Greek islands of Tilos and Symi and eastwards. Flies in a single brood from April to October, usually (?) peaking in the summer.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy stony places, usually amongst scrub. In the summer drought of the Mediterranean, this species is often the only butterfly flying in very hot dry "dead" locations

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Simi, Greece October 2018

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Simi, Greece, May 2017

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Simi, Greece October 2018

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Simi, Greece October 2018

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Simi, Greece October 2018