Pigmy skipper - Gegenes pumilio


Family: Hesperiidae

Flight Time: April-October

Size: 26-28mm

Altitude: 0-1800m

A dark coloured skipper which prefers to bask in hot dry areas in the full glare of the sun. Like other skippers it has a fast whirring flight, which often ends up with a return to its original resting place.

There are a couple of similar skippers in Europe, which do fly together in some localities. Light markings on the upperwing are an aid to identification.

The very similar, although slightly lighter, Mediterranean skipper, Gegenes nostrodamus,  has a tuft on the edge of its hindwing, which is visible close up.



Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Gegenes nostrodamus

Grasses Hot dry stony places.

Pigmy skipper distribution.


Early Stages




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