Undersides of same mating pair, this time with the male on the left,
showing the tuft of abdominal hairs
This species, which used to
be known as Pyrgus
is similar to the large grizzled skipper but scarcer and much more
local. It flies mostly in mountainous regions in the South of France
and northern Spain.
The male has very hairy bases to the
forewings and a particularly tufty abdominal tip, shown in the pictures
above. But large grizzled skippers, when fresh, also have a fluffy tip
- just not quite so conspicuous! The upperside markings are more
complete than in the large grizzled skipper, and stronger (although
large grizzled skippers may have strong markings in Spain and Italy).
The underside is a yellowish brown colour.