Thursday, 11 December 2008

Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae)

Adult Grizzled Skipper (subspecies P. m. malvae) at Geddington, Northants - May 2012

OTHER NAMES: The Grizzle, Mr Dandridge's Dark Fritillary, Spotted Skipper
Featured Subspecies: Pyrgus malvae malvae
Length: ?
Wingspan: 22-26mm
UK Status: Vulnerable IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Grizzled Skipper is another of the Moth-like Skipper families, and while slightly more patterned than the dingy skipper is another fairly drab species.  It is fairly small species, found in the same habitat as Dingy skipper upon Birdsfoot Trefoil.

Related Species:
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae 
Genus: Pyrgus
SUBSPECIES: P. m. kauffmanni, P. m. malvoides, P. m. modestior

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A scarce and local resident
 - Seen in Brigstock and numerous other sites 

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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