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Oriental skipper

Carcharodus orientalis maccabaeus

A skipper with a wingspan of 26-30 mm, distinctly bluish-grey while later broods lighter. There are several subspecies in Lebanon. The Oriental lives in numerous types of habitats such as scrub, woodland, pastures, grassland, steppe, shrubby slopes, stony hillsides, and mountain pastures. Host plants include the horehounds (Marrubium spp.) and woundworts (Stachys spp.). It flies March through early October in several broods, the flight is described as fast and close to the ground, and the wings are widely spread at rest.


Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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