A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Sage Skipper

Today is the day of the Sage skipper or Mushampia Proto. They were everywhere on the path down to Panormitis.

The sage skipper is a true dry habitat specialist with a predilection for bleak, sparsely vegetated places, which at first glance look unsuitable spots for any butterfly. Its only companions may be one or two species of graylings. They have a soft furry appearance similar to a moth. They are restricted to Southern Europe including the islands of Karpathos, Kithira and Symi  and are often seen feeding on phlomis species (abundant here).

Below is a pic of the vegetation.


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