Carcharodus alceae - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Carcharodus alceae, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Carcharodus alceae


Carcharodus alceae is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Carcharodus alceae (Esper, 1780)

Common name

Mallow Skipper


Family: Hesperiidae > Subfamily: Pyrginae > Tribus: Carcharodini > Genus: Carcharodus


Male to female: 25-30 mm


It is a small, brown butterfly and its background color of the forewings is pinkish-brown with some white spots. The upper side of the hindwing is without white spots, brownish or grey-brown colored. The antenna clubs have cherry brown color at tips.

Male and female are very similar and usually second and third-generation appear with lighter colors.


It has a rapid flight, low to the ground, and keeps the wings open when resting or visiting flowers.


Carcharodus alceae in Crete lives mostly in medium altitude and lowland, in dry warm open areas, seaside, olive groves, forest edges, glades, ruderal areas, and waysides.

Food plant

The larva lives on Rosaceae and Malvaceae plants.

Flight Period

The butterfly flies in 2-3 generations per year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

The butterfly has a unique appearance in comparison with other Hesperiidae species in Crete and can’t be confused with other butterflies of the island.


Least Concern (LC)

(*European Red List of Butterflies, 2010)

Carcharodus Alceae Distribution Map

*based on

Other Hesperiidae Species in Crete