Mallow Skipper

Carcharodus alceae (car-cha-ROW-dus AL-see-ee)

Mallow Skipper - Alpes-Maritimes - 5 September 2013
Photo © CFB
 

Checklist Number
57.0011

Family:HesperiidaeLatreille, 1809
Subfamily:PyrginaeBurmeister, 1878
Tribe:  
Genus:CarcharodusHübner, [1819]
Subgenus:  
Species:alceae(Esper, 1780)

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Introduction

A male and female were captured in Surrey in June 1923. It is generally believed that they were accidentally introduced since this species is not migratory.

Carcharodus alceae

This species was first defined in Esper (1780) as shown here and as shown in this plate (type locality: Germany).

Mallow Skipper - imago - Saint Llaurenc, Spain - 19-Jun-10 (1)

Male
Photo © Pete Eeles

Mallow Skipper - imago - Comunanza, Italy - 19-Jun-08 (1)

Male Underside
Photo © Pete Eeles

Mallow Skipper - imago - Saint Llaurenc, Spain - 19-Jun-10 (1)-2

Female
Photo © Pete Eeles

Mallow Skipper pair (female on right) Var, France 29-May-09 (15554)

Female Underside
Photo © Roger Gibbons

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History

The table below shows a chronology of vernacular names attributed to this species. Any qualification of the name (e.g. male, female) is shown in brackets after the name.

YearNameReference
1923Surrey SkipperFrohawk (1923)
1970Mallow SkipperHiggins & Riley (1970)

Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

Description to be completed.

Distribution

2. Adventive
 

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Description to be completed.

Carcharodus alceae

Mallow Skipper - Kos - 9-July-08

Photo © Denise

Mallow Skipper - imago - Comunanza, Italy - 19-Jun-08 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
21-Jun-2008

Mallow Skipper - imago - Comunanza, Italy - 19-Jun-08 (2)

Photo © Pete Eeles
21-Jun-2008

Mallow Skipper pair (female on right) Var, France 29-May-09 (15554)

Photo © Roger Gibbons
29-May-2009

Mallow Skipper - imago - Ano Poroia, Greece - 11-Jun-09

Photo © Pete Eeles
11-Jun-2009

Mallow Skipper - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 11-Jun-09 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
11-Jun-2009

Mallow Skipper - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 11-Jun-09 (2)

Photo © Pete Eeles
11-Jun-2009

Mallow Skipper

Photo © johnb
20-Jun-2010

Mallow Skipper - El Pardo, Madrid - 02.04.2012

Photo © Nigel Kiteley
There were a couple of these in this unusual posture.
02-Apr-2012

Mallow Skipper - Imago - 27th April 2011 - Provence

Photo © NickB
27-Apr-2011

Mallow Skipper - imago - Nr Tornafort, Spain - 21-Jun-10 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles

Mallow Skipper - imago - Saint Llaurenc, Spain - 19-Jun-10 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles

Mallow Skipper - imago - Saint Llaurenc, Spain - 19-Jun-10 (1)-2

Photo © Pete Eeles

Mallow Skipper Cantabrian Mts Spain  June 2012

Photo © johnb
25-Jul-2012

Mallow Skipper,Kalavrita,Greece 26 June 2013

Photo © essexbuzzard
26-Jun-2013

Mallow Skipper - Alpes-Maritimes - 5 September 2013

Photo © CFB
05-Sep-2013

Mallow Skipper m C. alceae 20.07.2014 Provence [Tim Norriss]

Photo © Tim Norriss

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Ovum

Description to be completed.

Carcharodus alceae - Ovum (Upper Rhine, September 2011) [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Larva

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Carcharodus alceae - Larva [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Pupa

Description to be completed.

Carcharodus alceae - Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Aberrations

Description to be completed.

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Similar Species

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Burmeister (1878) Burmeister, H., Daireaux, E. and Maupas, E. (1878) Description physique de la République Argentine: d'après des observations personnelles et étrangères par H. Burmeister ; traduit de l'allemant par E. Maupas.
Esper (1780) Esper, E.J.C (1780) Die europäischen Schmetterlinge.
Frohawk (1923) Frohawk, F.W. (1923) Carcharodus alceae in Surrey. The Entomologist.
Hübner (1819) Hübner, J. (1819) Verzeichniss bekannter Schmettlinge.
Higgins & Riley (1970) Higgins, L.G. and Riley, N.D. (1970) A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe.
Latreille (1809) Latreille, P.A. (1809) Genera crustaceorum et insectorum secundum ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque plurimis explicata.