Southern Grizzled Skipper
Full scientific name:
Pyrgus malvoides (Elwes & Edwards, 1897)
Zapadni sijedi pirgus
Flight Period and Life Cycle
2 broods per year. Overwinters as pupae.
Distribution in Croatia
Istria peninsula only. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The butterfly is very similar to Pyrgus malvae species that is distributed on territory of Croatia except Istria peninsula (T. Koren et al., 2013). Genitalia examination is the reference method used to separate two species. Characteristics markings of both species are described here.
Caterpillar Host Plants
The family Rosaceae.
From waste land to flower meadows overgrown with bushes. Elevations: 0-900m.
T. Koren, S. Beretta, M. Črne, R. Verovnik: On the distribution of Pyrgus malvoides (Elwes & Edwards,1897) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) at the eastern part of its range, Entomologist’s Gazette, Vol 64, str 225-234, (2013)