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Olive skipper – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Olive skipper

Pyrgus serratulae alveoides

A skipper with a wingspan of 24-28 mm, closely resembles the Oberthur’s grizzled but is larger and of a darker brown colour with tiny white markings; the undersides are reddish-brown and olive-green, hence the name. The olive is found in dry scrub, open flower-rich grassland, forest clearings, damp meadows, and mountain pastures. Host plants include lady’s-mantle (Alchemilla spp.) and cinquefoils (Potentilla spp.). This species flies June through August in several broods.

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Attribution: Martin Bjerg (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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