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Marbled Skipper. Carcharodus lavatherae (Esper, 1783)

Diputación de Málaga

Marbled Skipper. Carcharodus lavatherae (Esper, 1783)

Wingspan: From 2.5 to 3.4 cm.


Open wings: Forewings are brown with large white zones, and three squares, one spot in the centre and outer margin which stand out. There are series of spots which are bigger than in the case of other Skippers on the hindwings.

Closed wings: They are light creamy white with big white spots, which are sometimes difficult to be noticed

Similar species

Mallow Skipper: It has white squared spots which are a bit smaller, while on the open wings, we can see white instead of chestnut colour. Carcharodus baeticus (Rambur, 1840): When their wings are open, these butterflies are grey and reddish, and sometimes they have white spots which are more prominent on the hindwings. White veins can be observed when their wings are closed.

Tufted Skipper or Tufted Marbled Skipper: When these butterflies' wings are open, there are series of white spots which stand out on the hindwings. When their wings are closed, it is darker and white spots are more prominent.

Biology and Habitat

This species takes one generation to fly in June and July, but we know little about its biology as these butterflies are rather rare and located in Málaga.

It lives in sparse oak and Spanish fir forests where thickets are scattered around. These caterpillars feed on labiates which belong to Stachys and Sideritis genera.

Distribution in the Great Path

This species has not been found along the Great Path, but it might exist along some of the stages at the Arco Calizo Central, above all on stage 11, and in the Serranía de Ronda, on stage 23.