Pyrgus sidae

Yellow Banded Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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Var, France, May 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

Field notes and information

The only example of a brightly coloured species amongst the grizzled skippers, Pyrgus.

Identification & Similar species: The underside hindwing yellow bands are unique.

Distribution & Flight: Southern France, central Italy and southeast Europe. An isolated area of central western Spain. The upperside has a row of white markings in the submarginal and post discal areas. Flies from the end of April to early July depending on location: late April in east Greece, mid May in France, fresh in Serbia in mid June...

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy places, often in the vicinity of scrub. In France usually with an abundance of its larval food plant Ptentilla. Appears to patrol areas of grassland. I'm not sure if this is territorial behaviour or simply that they remain in areas they like - I've never found enough in one place to be sure.

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Var, France, May 2006

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Evros, Greece, May 2004

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Var, France, May 2006

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Rome, Italy, May 2003

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Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

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Macedonia, Greece, July 2004

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Provence, France, June 2003