Thymelicus sylvestris, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki
Thymelicus sylvestris is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae on the island of Crete, Greece.
Thymelicus sylvestris (Poda, 1761)
Family: Hesperiidae > Subfamily: Hesperiinae > Tribus: Hesperiini > Genus: Thymelicus
Male to female: 25-30 mm
It flies fast low to the ground and is strongly attracted to purple flowers such as thistles and knapweeds. The butterfly is active in the sunshine, it has a rapid buzzing flight, ‘skipping’ from flower to flower.
Thymelicus sylvestris in Crete lives in mountains or lowland, it is typically occurring where grass has grown tall. In dry sunny slopes, shrubland, rocky slopes, olive groves, cultivated areas, river and lake banks.
The larva feeds on Poaceae plants.
The butterfly flies in one generation per year.
Thymelicus sylvestris has a similar appearance to Thymelicus acteon, but it differs in being a lighter brown color. The female also lacks the pale gold discal patch on the forewing, which forms a gentle curve in the case of Thymelicus acteon.
Least Concern (LC)
Thymelicus Sylvestris Distribution Map
Thymelicus sylvestris location map based on greek butterflies distributions map by L.N. Pamperis (revised 2021)