Large Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus alveus)

Male. Taken in the Velebits Nationsl Park, Croatia, on June 10th 2017.
(1/500th sec at f16. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 22 - 32mm

This is one of the most confusing Pyrgus species due to its erratic spot arrangement, and also its variable size. Generally the hindwing markings are faint. The sexes are similar.

It is widespread, but generally local and scarce, through much of Europe. It is absent from the British Isles, Portugal and Italy.

It is found in meadows and other grassy habitats, forest edges and clearings between 1000m and 2000m.

There is mainly one generation per year, with a prolonged emergence between May and August.

Larval foodplants include Fragaria, Agrimonia, Helianthemum and Potentilla.


11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
09-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
26-Jul-2015 : Baderitza, Bulgaria