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Hesperia comma Linnaeus, 1758

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Hesperia comma Linnaeus, 1758
Common names: Silver-spotted skipper [En], Virgule, Comma [Fr], Kommavlinder [Nl], Komma-Dickkopffalter [De], Gümüş Benekli Zıpzıp [Tu]

Olgunlar, ARTVİN ● Turkey

Description: Often confused with the large skipper Ochlodes venata, this species is easily distinguished by the numerous white spots on the underside hindwings, and the tips of the upper forewings tend to be darker than those of the large skipper.

Biology: Females lay single eggs during August and September on the leaf blades of sheep's fescue Festuca ovina, the foodplant.
Other occasional foodplants are Lotus corniculatus, Ornithopus perpusillus and other Poaceae.
This species overwinters as an egg and hatches in March. Like other skippers the larvae construct small tent-like structures from leaf blades and silk from which to feed. They enter the pupal stage after 14 to 15 weeks at the base of the foodplant. Pupation takes 10 to 14 days, and as with most butterflies the males emerge first.

Habitat: The silver-spotted skipper prefers warm calcareous sites.

Distribution: It has a wide distribution as far south as North Africa, northwards throughout Europe to the Arctic and eastwards across Asia to China and Japan. It also has subspecies in North America. In the UK it is rare and restricted to chalk downlands of southern England.

References:
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.
Wikipedia, Hesperia comma




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