Pyrgus malvae - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 20 June 2003
Pyrgus malvae Adult


© Neil Sherman

Pyrgus malvae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Grizzled Skipper
L'Hespérie de la mauve

Wingspan: 24-28mm

A bivoltine species flying from March to September. Recorded from Las Descargues and the meadows of the Fournanty Plateau, but it is an uncommon species on the Causse where its habitat dries and becomes parched quickly. A species favouring floristically-rich meadows.

The larva feeds on Potentilla spp.