Muschampia proto

Sage Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Pelopennesos, Greece, August 2007

Field notes and information

A widespread species in the south, becoming harder to find in the north of its range.

Identification & Similar species: A fairly large species with a characteristically "furry" appearance. It is usually well marked with a generous dusting of creamy scales which create the furriness on a soft black or brown ground colour. The upperside hindwing markings are prominent but also furred over. The underside has a distinct discal band that usually traverses the whole wing but may taper in the male.

Similar species are all rare and exceedingly local with very restricted European or north African distributions.

Distribution & Flight: Spain and southern parts of France, Italy, Greece. Also FYROM and the Atlas mountains of north Africa. Flies in a single brood usually (?) peaking in the summer but can be found from April to October.

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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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Taking salts from damp ground with P. cirsii on the right.

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

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Cadiz, Spain, October 2014

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Cadiz, Spain, October 2014

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Bouches du Rhône, France, July 2010

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Almeria, Spain, April 2009

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Pelopennesos, Greece, August 2007

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Lleida, Spain, May 2007

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Bouches du Rhône, France, August 2004

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003