Mediterranean skipper - Gegenes nostrodamus

Family: Hesperiidae.

Flight Time: April-October.

Size: 24-28mm

Altitude: 0-250m

Photos from Mark Ogden taken in Bulgaria. The species is very similar to the Pigmy skipper which doesn't occur in Bulgaria. G. nostrodamus is a little lighter in colour and has a tuft of hair which is visible close-up. The picture right is a sketch of what it might look like. The current species is on the right.
An upperside view, showing quite strong spotting.

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

G. pumilio

Potentilla species

Lots, inc. woodland clearings.

Mediterranean skipper distribution.


Early Stages




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