Gegenes nostrodamus

Gegenes nostrodamus Fabricius, 1793

Common Names

Mediterranean Skipper (English), فراشة البحر المتوسط متموجة الحركة (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Size: 24-28 mm. This species lacks the hyaline spots that characterizes related skippers. The male is unmarked with brown, and the female has lighter non-hyaline markings.

Conservation

Status in Egypt

Resident

Abundance

Common

IUCN

Least Concern

Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

Narrow (Mediterranean to Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India)

Distribution in Egypt

Widespread (throughout the Delta and the Nile Valley to Sudan). AOO = 176 km2. EOO = 583,000 km2. 11 locations

Records

48 records. Latest in 2006 (Kharga oasis)

Habitat

Hot dry paths and rocky gorges; adults found in shady areas.

Life Cycle

Several generations per year.

The Flight Period

February-November

Trophic Strategy

Host-plants: Poaceae, Aeluropus lagopoides and Panicum turgidum (all Graminae).

References

F., Gilbert., & S. Zalat. (2007).  Butterflies of Egypt: Atlas, Red Data Listing & conservation, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Cairo, Egypt..