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Thymelicus sylvestris (Poda, 1761)

Имаго  (Thymelicus sylvestris)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Hesperiidae subfamily Hesperiinae tribe Thymelini genus Thymelicus → species Thymelicus sylvestris

Species name(s)

Thymelicus sylvestris (Poda, 1761) = Adopaea sylvestris = Papilio sylvestris Poda, 1761 = flava (Brünnich, 1763) = Hesperia thaumas Hufnagel, 1766 = Papilio linea Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = flavus Müller, 1776 = Papilio divaricatus Geoffroy, 1785 = Papilio flava Pontoppidan, 1763 = Papilio flavus Müller, 1776 = Adopaea fulminans Rebel & Zerny, 1932 = Adopaea lategrisea Verity, 1920 = Adopaea latenigra Verity, 1920 = Papilio linea Müller, 1766 = Adopaea macta Verity, 1926 = Adopaea major Tutt, 1905 = Adopaea maxima Verity, 1936 = Adopoea pallida Frohawk, 1934 = Adopaea pallida Tutt, 1905 = Adopaea pallidavirescens Tutt, 1905 = Adopaea pallidiscus Strand, 1912 = Adopaea reversa Tutt, 1905 = Adopaea suffusa Tutt, 1905 = Hesperia antiardens Oberthür, 1910 = Adopaea suffusavirescens Tutt, 1905 = Papilio thaumas Hufnagel, 1766 = Adopaea thaumatana Strand, 1920 = Papilio venula Hübner, 1809. [9, 10, 85, 187]

Small Skipper.



This species marks on the maps: 5.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny*; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.

Forewing length

14—15 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, Brown/Gray/Black.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Detailed information with references

Taxonomy, synonyms and combinations

  • Adopaea sylvestris. [85].


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Dodecanese Islands, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland) Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland,Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, North Aegean Islands, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga (?), Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Mid-Volzhsky, Middle Urals, South Ural. [3].
  • Europe excluding Republic of Fennoscandia (Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula), Ireland, Corsica and on. Crete. On the plains and in the mountains at an altitude of 2000 m. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The length of the front wings is typical tolstogolovok 1.5 cm. Color ohro brown, underside of the wings lighter top. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • Thymelicus sylvestris flies in one generation, from June to August. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Holcus, Phleum, Brachypodium and others from the Gramineae. [28].
  • Cereals. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • Caterpillars live from August to May. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [5].

Subspecies of Thymelicus sylvestris


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Text data: Peter Khramov.

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