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Silver-spotted Skipper. Hesperia comma (Linnaeus, 1758)

Diputación de Málaga

Silver-spotted Skipper. Hesperia comma (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan: From 2.8 to 3.5 cm.


Open wings: These butterflies usually only show their forewings, which are golden on the inside and brown towards the margins with a series of gold-coloured spots that do not compose an arch. Male butterflies have a thick black line (androconia).

Closed wings: Very often they only show hindwings, which are greeny with a series of striking white spots.

Similar species

Lulworth Skipper: It can only be seen with open wings, when it has golden spots which make a clearly defined arch. It is also smaller.

Large Skipper: When its wings are open it is not so brown, and it seems brighter with not so clearly defined golden spots. When its wings are closed, the spots can hardly been seen.

Biology and Habitat

In Málaga, this species takes one generation to fly in July. It can be found in the mountains at an altitude between 1300 and 1900 m, and in rocky areas with thicket, which is scattered around, and a lot of herbaceous plants, used as food by caterpillars.

Distribution in the Great Path

This species is rare and placed in limited number of places in Málaga, but it has not been spotted along the GMP. Nevertheless, it might be found high along the stage 11 as it was seen in close surroundings with similar characteristics. What is more, even though the species has not been seen in the Serranía de Ronda, there is a possibility to see it on stage 23 at high altitudes.