This species, formerly
subspecies of mallow skipper, flies in North Africa and the southern,
coastal strip of Iberia. It is not reliably separable from the mallow
skipper by appearance alone and is very similar in ecology and
behaviour too. However, recent books suggest that the two species do
not overlap - or if they do, only in a very narrow region. The
photographs above were taken just south of Antequera and in Málaga, so
the geographical zone of the false mallow skipper and outside that of
mallow skipper. I have no other grounds for believing them to be of the
present species, as I do not kill butterflies to identify them. The
genitalia are distinct.
Mallow skippers are polyvoltine, flying from spring to autumn, and
believe this is true of false mallow skippers too. The searing heat of
the Andalusian summer may influence voltinism, though in August 2020 I
found this was one of the few butterflies that perched in the sun even
in the heat of the day. They hibernate as larvae.