Chequered skipper - Carterocephalus palaemon


Family: Hesperiidae.

Flight Time: May-June

Size: 28-34mm

Altitude: 200-1600m

Two photos from Mark Ogden, taken during a trip to Bulgaria. See the regions section for more details of the trip.

The species is widespread in Europe, but extinct in England. It still survives in Scotland and there are efforts to re-establish it in the England.


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