Foulquier's Grizzled Skipper
Male 13/08/08 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04)
Underside of above insect, 13/08/08 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04)
Female 07/08/06 Var (83)
Underside of above insect, 07/08/06 Var (83)
Foulquier's Grizzled Skipper is a rather local species occurring mostly in southern France. It is a large Pyrgus which flies in July/August. One of the best clues for identifying it is to look for the bushy, white end to the abdomen of the male, like a rabbit's tail!? Some of the white marks on his forewings are a little 'paint-splatty' with trailing edges. The female is relatively duller and in space 1b of the upper forewing the discal white marks converged into a 'twist' (like those associated with Pyrgus cirsii) may be characteristic for her.