Safflower Skipper (Pyrgus carthami)

Male. Taken in the Velebits National Park, Croatia, on June 10th 2017.
(1/640th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 30 - 34mm

This species has an unbroken white margin on the hindwing underside, which is not present in other skippers. The sexes are similar.

It is widespread though most of S and C Europe. It is not found in the British Isles.

It is found in sheltered grasslands, open grassy slopes, meadows and steppe habitats, usually between 600 and 1800m.

There is one brood per year, with a long flight period between May and August.

The larvae feed on many species of cinquefoils (Potentilla spp.).


10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia