Tessellated skipper - Muschampia tessellum


Family: Hesperiidae.

Flight Time: April-August.

Size: 32-36mm

Altitude: 0-1100m


There were three or four of theses skippers around a ford across a little stream, near to where we were staying in Turunc, SW Turkey. I think this picture goes to show that expensive equipment is not necessarily everything. The standard lens with the camera, 28-80mm, very ordinary print film and no flashes has produced a good size image of a small butterfly. There are a few other similar species in Europe, the Muschampia species are perhaps easier than the Pyrgus ones, mainly 'cause there are less of them.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Phlomis samia

Habitat: Open sunny areas.

Tesselated skipper distribution


Early Stages




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