Grizzled skipper - Pyrgus malvae


Family: Hesperiidae.

Flight Time: April/June, July/August.

Size: 22-26mm

Altitude: 0-1900m

The UKs only Grizzled skipper, which makes identification rather easier. Very difficult to follow in flight due to the blurring of their chequered upperside, they almost disappear on take off!

Right is the southern subspecies malvoides.




Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Wild strawberry - Fragaria vesca


Grizzled skipper distribution

Change map to  


Early Stages




All pictures in these pages copyright to Simon Coombes. Permission must be sought and obtained for any use.