We found Aden
Skipper in this very typical wadi here in May 1996.
Nothing at all flying in July 2005 with the temperature at 45 degC.
The family resemblance to the Red Underwing
Skipper, S. sertorius is clear. By contrast, the distribution of
the Aden Skipper is restricted to Morocco to desert gulleys and, in
places, to the southern slopes of the High Atlas mountains. It does fly
further east from Egypt to India and, presumably, includes Aden. We were
lucky to find the butterfly in July, which is late for the majority of
colonies but at higher altitudes in the High Atlas this is more normal.
The typical flight period for the lower colonies is April/ May and
September. Perhaps the July flight period from 1500m indicates a single
brood, or a 3rd "bridging" brood.
The flight is always very fast and the small butterfly is extremely
difficult to follow. Luckily it tends to return to the same patch where
it can be stalked for photos. That said, it flies in extremely hot
places and waiting in the blazing sun for it to return is not always
such a pleasant past time. The rewards are worth it though.