Spialia therapne

Corsican Red Underwing Skipper


by Matt Rowlings

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Sardinia, Italy, May 2003

Field notes and information

Endemic to Corsica and Sardinia where it replaces the very similar red underwing skipper S. sertorius.

Identification & Similar species: A small skipper with bright red underwing which is difficult to confuse with other species on these islands.

Distribution & Flight: Local throughout both islands in hills and rough places upto 1500m or more. It flies in two broods in spring from April to June and late summer in August and September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry grassy flowery places with or without scrub. Flies fast and low. Frequently rests on rocks.