Spialia sertorius (Kalkgraslanddikkopje (BE) / Red-underwing Skipper (EN) / Roter Würfel-Dickkopffalter (DE) / Hespérie des sanguisorbes (FR) ) is a very small butterfly (Winglegth: 11–13 mm.) of the family Hesperiidae. It is mainly found in Southern and Central Europe. In Belgium it is on the red list mentioned very rare. The butterfly flies from April to August depending on the location.
Just before the return home, I could not resist a final visit (for this year) to one of my favorite calcareous grasslands in the area. Lighting conditions were very bad and I did not really have the intention to make some more pictures. So I left my tripod in the car but ... at 7:20 p.m. the sun broke very weak through the thick clouds. At that moment I saw this tiny little butterfly on this Scabiosa columbaria. So I used my elbows as a tripod, made as many images as I could, and just hoped one would be sharp enough ...
Image: Rochefort (BE) - 25/08/2010
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