Gegenes nostrodamus Fabricius, 1793
Mediterranean Skipper (English), فراشة البحر المتوسط متموجة الحركة (Arabic)
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.
Status in Egypt
Ecology and 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
48 records. Latest in 2006 (Kharga oasis)
Hot dry paths and rocky gorges; adults found in shady areas.
Several generations per year.
The Flight Period
Host-plants: Poaceae, Aeluropus lagopoides and Panicum turgidum (all Graminae).