North African skipper

Carcharodus stauderi ambigua

A skipper with a wingspan of 25-35 mm, resembles the Oriental but is smaller and varies from greyish-brown to dark reddish-brown. Also called “Stauder’s skipper,” the North African lives in drier parts of Lebanon, preferably in the mountains, in valleys, grassy areas, steppe, and on dry stony slopes. The host plant associated with this species is the white horehound (Marrubium vulgare). This butterfly flies March through October and is considered vulnerable.

 

 

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