Tufted Marbled Skipper
Full scientific name:
Muschampia floccifera (Zeller, 1847)
Carcharodus floccifera (Zeller, 1847)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
1 brood per year. Overwinters as caterpillar.
Distribution in Croatia
Missing in the south coastal area. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The upper side of wings is brown. In discal zone, on the upper side of the hindwing there are white marks. In males, there is a hair tuft on the underside of forewing. Can be confused with Carcharodus alceae and Muschampia orientalis.
Fast flighting just above the ground. Imago feeds with the nectar of various flowers.
Caterpillar Host Plants
The mallows, family Malvaceae and mints, family Lamiaceae.
Compared to similar Oriental Marbled Skipper it prefers hill & mountain flower meadows that are not too dry and so hot. It is common along the edges of forests. Elevations: 0-1500m.