Cinquefoil Skipper (Pyrgus cirsii)

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3550_male_Var_10Aug06 34264_male_Var_1Sep13 42049_male_Var_22Aug16
42135_male_Var_27Aug16 42160_male_Var_27Aug16 42093_female_Var_22Aug16

42147_female_Var_27Aug16 14218_female_Var_6Sep08

23562_female_Var_2Sep10

23584_male_Var_2Sep10

3471_male_Var_10Aug06

23697_female_Var_05Sep10

Probably the easiest Pyrgus to identify, from either the upperside or underside. It is a late emerger, the flight period being from late July to September, and, although the altitude range is 0-1500m, I find it most frequently at medium altitudes. The upf markings are very strong and clear, especially the cell spot which is usually wide and rectangular, and the post-discal spots in s1 and s2 which are usually joined but offset, in a way that is often described as sinuous or a waving flag. The uph marks are usually pale yellow and very cleanly defined. 

The unh ground colour is reddish-brown, often a very warm reddish. The veins are usually prominent and the marginal mark on v5 is usually characteristically washed over reddish. The mark in discal s1 is a bump seriously leaning basally.

ref sex

observations

alt. m
3550 M

showing the upf white marks large and strong and clearly defined, especially the rectangular cell spot, which is slightly concave internally in the lower half. The white post-discal spots in s1/s2 are joined and slightly offset, slightly "sinuous".

800
34264 M a male, less boldly marked than is usual for this species. The upf cell spot is narrower than would be expected and the post-discal spots in s1/s2 are not quite joined in the usual way. 680
42049 M a male with rather weaker forewing markings than would be expected for this species. 680
42135 M a strongly-marked male with a rather warm dark brown ground colour. 780
42160 M a typically-marked male with a rather cold dark brown ground colour. 780
42093 F a female, quite pale and weakly marked for this species. 680
42147 F a female, with a cold dark brown ground colour giving clear contrast with the white markings. 780
14218 F

a beautifully marked female, very fresh, with superb contrasting markings. Who says Pyrgus can't be appealing? The strong upf white markings and pale uph markings are characteristic of cirsii, strong even for a female.

780
23562 F

a female, one of a mating pair, the male being just visible underneath.

780
23584 M

showing the strong reddish brown colouring and the features described above.

780
3471 M

clearly a male as it is taking salts and the hairtuft at the end of the abdomen is clearly visible. The ground colour is quite a pale reddish-brown, almost yellowish, but the markings are totally characteristic of cirsii.

800
23697 PR

a mating pair, the underside being that of the female. It is exceptionally reddish, and beautifully marked.

920

 

3550_male_Var_10Aug06

 

34264_male_Var_1Sep13

 

42049_male_Var_22Aug16

 

42135_male_Var_27Aug16

 

42160_male_Var_27Aug16

 

42093_female_Var_22Aug16

 

42147_female_Var_27Aug16

 

14218_female_Var_6Sep08

 

23562_female_Var_2Sep10

 

23584_male_Var_2Sep10

 

3471_male_Var_10Aug06

 

23697_female_Var_05Sep10